John McCain's 106-year-old mother Roberta puts on a brave face as she attends her son's memorial service
The grieving mother looked visibly upset, and as she wheeled herself towards her son's casket, where she even made a cross with her hands over the casket blessing his final journey
It was quite a somber day at Washington D.C. as friends and family members of the late Senator John McCain said their goodbyes to him on Friday, August 31 at the US Capital, where he was laid in state. However, the most touching part of the entire memorial service was when his mother, 106-year-old Roberta McCain paid her final respects to her son. The grieving mother looked visibly upset, and as she wheeled herself towards her son's casket, where she even made a cross with her hands over the casket, while also saying her final goodbyes to her son. Roberta, a mother-of-three, was married to military serviceman John S. McCain Jr. until he passed away in 1981.
Before going to pay her respects to her late son, Roberta was seen sitting in the front row next to her granddaughter Meghan McCain. She kept consoling her granddaughter while Vice President Mike Pence was speaking on stage, by putting her hand on her granddaughter's hand as she wiped away tears, reports Hello Magazine. Before he died, John, in an old interview, had opened up about his mother a little bit. He spoke about how his mother, who has had a stroke in the past, is someone whose “vivaciousness is a force of nature.” Adding: “She still has a spark in her, a brightness in her eyes that would light up the world if she could resume her peripatetic life.”
Senator John McCain passed away on August 25, after quite a battle with brain cancer. He was honored at his home state of Arizona, where he has been laid in state. His final private funeral service will be held on September 1, at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, post which, he would be laid to rest on Sunday, September 2, at the Naval Academy Cemetery.