|Marian Shields Robinson|
Marian Shields Robinson in 2013
|Born||Marian Lois Shields
July 30, 1937
"Chicago, "Illinois, U.S.
|Known for||Mother of "Michelle Obama|
|Spouse(s)||Fraser C. Robinson III (m. 1960; d. 1991)|
|Parent(s)||Purnell Nathaniel Shields
|Relatives||"Barack Obama (son-in-law)|
Marian Shields was born in Chicago in 1937, the fourth of seven children—five girls, followed by two boys—born to Purnell Nathaniel Shields, a house painter, and his wife Rebecca Jumper, a licensed practical nurse, according to Steve Shields, her youngest sibling. Her ancestors had moved from Georgia to Chicago in the early 20th century during the "Great Migration.["citation needed] As a girl, Marian attended public schools.
She married "Fraser Robinson on October 27, 1960 in Chicago. She formerly worked as a secretary for mail-order retailer "Spiegel and at a bank. Both she and her husband had extended families in Chicago, whom they saw frequently at holidays and other times.["citation needed]
While Michelle and Barack Obama campaigned in 2008, Robinson tended to her granddaughters. Early in January 2009, it was announced that Robinson would move into the White House with the rest of the "First Family to provide further transition support for her granddaughters. She was the first live-in grandmother there since Elivera M. Doud, the mother of "Mamie Eisenhower, during the "Eisenhower administration. Some media outlets dubbed Robinson the "First Granny".