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  Kelley, Virginia Clinton
NameVirginia Clinton Kelley
, Arkansas , United States
Born June 06, 1923
DiedJanuary 06, 1994 (70 years)
Last ModifedCOSDem
May 20, 2010 08:03pm
InfoMother of 42nd US President Bill Clinton. Born Virginia Dell Cassidy in Hope, Arkansas to James, an ice deliveryman, and Edith, an anesthetist. After her high school graduation, she moved to Shreveport, Louisiana to study nursing. It was here that she met a traveling salesman named William Jefferson Blythe, Jr. The two were married on September 3, 1943, and Bill shipped out to serve in World War II shortly thereafter. In the meantime, Virginia finished nursing school and moved back to her hometown. When her husband returned from the war, the two moved to Chicago, Illinois for a few months, then decided to return to Hope. Virginia moved back in with her parents while she and Bill looked for a new home, and it was on his way back to Hope from Chicago that Bill was killed in a car accident in Missouri. He would never get to meet his son and namesake, William Jefferson Blythe III, to whom Virginia gave birth three months later on August 19, 1946. She was later introduced by her father to a Buick dealer from Hot Springs, Arkansas named Roger Clinton. The two married in 1950, and on July 25, 1956, Virginia gave birth to their son, Roger Jr. The marriage was a rocky one, and the couple divorced in 1961, but remarried soon thereafter. It was about this time that Virginia's son Bill legally took his stepfather's last name, now going by William Jefferson Clinton. Roger's years of alcohol abuse had taken their toll, however, and he contracted liver cancer and died in 1967. Two years later, Virginia married hairdresser Jeff Dwire, who died of complications from diabetes in 1974. In 1982, she wed her fourth husband, brokerage executive Richard Kelley. Their marriage lasted until her death from complications of breast cancer on January 6, 1994 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was laid to rest next to her first husband, Bill Blythe.



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Son Bill Clinton 1946-
Granddaughter Chelsea Clinton 1980-