Jean Biden, the mother of Vice President Joe Biden, has died. She was 92.
Mrs. Biden had fallen ill in recent days. She died today surrounded by her family and loved ones, according to a statement released by the Vice President.
''Together with my father, her husband of 61 years who passed away in 2002, we learned the dignity of hard work and that you are defined by your sense of honor,'' he said in the statement. ''Her strength, which was immeasurable, will live on in all of us.''
Mrs. Biden was born Catherine Eugenia Finnegan on July 7, 1917. She married Joseph Biden, Sr. in 1941, and the couple had four children. According to Promises to Keep, Biden's 2007 autobiography, Mrs. Biden was wary of her son getting into politics. ''You're not going to run for Senate and ruin your reputation, are you?'' he recalled his mother asking. ''And once Mom was reassured that my future was safe, win or lose, she would do anything,'' Biden wrote.
During his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in August 2008, he honored his mother, who was in attendance. ''My mother's creed is the American creed," he said, "No one is better than you. Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you. My parents taught us to live our faith, and to treasure our families. We learned the dignity of work, and we were told that anyone can make it if they just try hard enough.''