Dr Stanley Ann <I>Dunham</I> Obama Soetoro

Dr Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro

Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, USA
Death 7 Nov 1995 (aged 52)
Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: By her son Barack Obama off of the Pacific Ocean on the south side of Oahu, Hawaii
Memorial ID 30280142 · View Source
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An American Anthropologist, consultant, educator and mother of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America. She was born Stanley Ann Dunham in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the only child of Stanley and Madelyn Dunham. The Dunham family lived for a time in California, Oklahoma Texas and Kansas; her teen years in Mercer Island, Washington; most of her adult life in Hawaii and overseas. She was her father's namesake and was affectionately known as Ann and Ann Dunham; for a period of time she lived in Seattle, Washington. The family relocated to Mercer Island, Washington; in 1956 while she attended the Mercer Island High School and graduated in 1960, then after finishing high school, the family relocated to Hawaii where she attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa. After she arrived in Hawaii, She met and married her first husband an international student that was the first African to attend the University of Hawaii Barack Obama, Sr.; they married in 1961 to this union she bore one son Barack H. Obama, Jr. who would be the first African American president of the USA. Obama Sr. left Ann and their son in 1963 to attend Harvard and returned back to Kenya. While at the university, she met and married her second husband Lolo Soetoro another international student at UH and an Indonesian oil manager. They were blessed with the birth of daughter Maya Soetoro while living in Indonesia. In 1967 they moved over seas to Jakarta, Indonesia. While in Indonesia she got a job at the American Embassy teaching English. Later, she and her children moved back to Hawaii. In the late 1970's, she traveled back to Indonesia with her daughter, leaving Barack behind with her parents and divorced her husband Soetoro. She was a realist in both her personal and business endeavors and after her second divorce, she was credited to instilling in her children the celebration their cultural heritages. She traveled around the world, pursuing a career in rural development that took her to Ghana, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh and worked on a developmental project in Pakistan. She earned a math degree and pursued graduate work; in 1983 she received her master's degree from the University of Hawaii in anthropology. In 1992, her doctoral dissertation, entitled "Peasant blacksmithing in Indonesia: Surviving and Thriving Against All Odds," was completed and she was working on getting it published before her demise. She worked for the Ford Foundation and promoted microlending to help underprivileged people obtain small business loans. She died at 52.
Cause of death: ovarian cancer

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