Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of former President Barack Obama who died over the weekend, was buried Tuesday.
Obama, who remarried Obama’s grandfather and helped raise his father, died in a hospital in Kenya, The Associated Press reported. She was at least 99 years old.
She was buried at a funeral in western Kenya, where she had worked for years to enhance education for children in the poor nation, AP reported.
The former president, who did not attend the funeral, credited her with raising his father well enough for him to earn a scholarship and make his way to America.
“When I first traveled to Kenya to learn more about my heritage and father, who had passed away by then, it was Granny who served as a bridge to the past, and it was her stories that helped fill a void in my heart,” he wrote, AP reported.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta called Obama’s death “a big blow to our nation.”
“We’ve lost a strong, virtuous woman, a matriarch who held together the Obama family and was an icon of family values,” Kenyatta said, AP reported.