McCaskill's mother dies
October 29th, 2012
07:32 PM ET
1 year ago

McCaskill's mother dies

(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, died on Monday, the senator from Missouri said in a statement on Monday.

"For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest," McCaskill wrote. "People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated."

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While Betty Anne McCaskill had her own place in politics as the first woman elected to the Columbia, Missouri City Council, she also regularly appeared on the campaign trail and in campaign advertisements.

McCaskill spoke on behalf of health reform at some of her daughter's 2009 health care town hall meetings.

As a mother, McCaskill may have planted the early seeds for her daughter's involvement in politics. "At Halloween in 1960, Betty Anne taught her children to say 'trick or treat and vote for JFK,' as they went door-to-door asking for candy," an obituary distributed by Sen. McCaskill's campaign read.

She is running for reelection to a second term and is being challenged by Republican Rep. Todd Akin, who issued a statement on Monday.

In a statement, Akin said, "Lulli and I want to express our deepest condolences to Claire McCaskill and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole McCaskill family right now."

McCaskill had limited her campaign schedule since her mother's hospitalization in St. Louis earlier this month.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak, Gregory Wallace, and Justin Lear contributed to this report


Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Missouri • Todd Akin
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. becky

    We all need to take a moment and think about the Senator right now. It is never easy to lost a parent.

    October 29, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. DENNA

    May your mother rest in peace Sen. McCaskill. God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow

    October 29, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Blinded by the republican lie

    RIP Mrs. Betty Anne..I know you will be watching over your beloved daughter...Thoughts and prayers to the entire Mc Caskill family.

    October 29, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    We like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Yes, on OBAMA12.

    October 29, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  5. Squigman

    It would be nice to see that this candidate was victorious in her quest for a seat in the senate. Akin, needs to be placed in the category of dinosaur, thus rendering him extinct.

    October 29, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  6. Zoe Barber

    Rest in peace.

    October 29, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  7. Rose Townsley

    My sincere condolences, to Sen. Claire McCaskill & family

    October 29, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. lyn

    Sen. Claire our prays are with you on this sad day.

    October 29, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. b

    Deepest sympathy.

    October 29, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. jonathan blakeney jefferson s.c.

    sorry ms,mccaskill for your lost. Remember u loved her but god loved her best. Shes with the lord now an i know she is just fine now.

    October 29, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. HomeSweetHome

    Ms McCaskill our prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    October 29, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Marla

    Condolences to Sen McCaskill. It sounds like her mother was a politically active lady who taught her daughter well. She had a lot to be proud of. I wish Sen McCaskill good luck in winning next week.

    October 29, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  13. Kwhite

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mothers are the presidents of our fan club; no one loves us so unconditionally more than our mothers. May you find peace and an election night win in honor of your mother. God bless!

    October 29, 2012 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  14. Thomas

    My condolinces to the family .

    I hope you the best.

    October 30, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  15. stars

    Rip Ms. Mscaskill you have paid your dues to the ppl in MO. And you daughter is a beauty lady who like you care for the ppl in MO.

    October 30, 2012 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  16. A little sad

    RIP, Mrs Betty Anne McCaskill. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

    It's a shame you didn't get to see your daughter win her re-election, but maybe you can watch it from above,

    October 30, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Sorry for your loss Senator McKaskill. Prayers to you and your family.

    October 30, 2012 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  18. larry

    Deepest sympathy

    October 30, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  19. Marry

    Sorry about Clair’s loss and that her mother could not see her daughter reelected! You go Claire!

    October 30, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |