Remembering Obama’s Grandmother

News broke yesterday of Barack Obama’s grandmother’s death the day before his potential election to the United States presidency. Today, the Honolulu Advertiser fills out her biography. Born in 1922, Madelyn Payne Dunham worked on an aircraft assembly line during World War II, then moved to Hawaii in 1960 and took a job with the state’s largest financial institution, the Bank of Hawaii. Dunham, who never graduated from college, was named one of the bank’s first female vice presidents in 1970. She died of cancer a month after she was hospitalized for breaking her hip. “She was like a mother to him,” said State Senator Sam Slom. “There’s no question that the greatest of his influences was his grandmother." Dunham was able to vote by absentee ballot or early voting before her death, and her vote will be counted.