Person:Virginia Cassidy (1)

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Virginia Dell Cassidy
  1. Virginia Dell Cassidy1923 - 1994
m. 3 Sep 1943
  1. President William Jefferson Clinton1946 -
  • HRoger Clinton1909 - 1967
  • WVirginia Dell Cassidy1923 - 1994
m. 1950
  • HJeff Dwire - 1974
  • WVirginia Dell Cassidy1923 - 1994
m. 3 Jan 1969
m. 17 Jan 1982
Facts and Events
Name Virginia Dell Cassidy
Gender Female
Birth? 7 Jun 1923 Hot Springs, Arkansas
Marriage 3 Sep 1943 to William Jefferson Blythe
Marriage 1950 to Roger Clinton
Marriage 3 Jan 1969 Hope, Hempstead, Arkansas, United Statesto Jeff Dwire
Marriage 17 Jan 1982 to Dick Kelley
Death? 6 Jan 1994 Little Rock, ArkansasComplications from Breast Cancer


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Virginia Clinton Kelley (June 6, 1923 – January 6, 1994) was the mother of former United States President Bill Clinton.

She was born Virginia Dell Cassidy, the daughter and the only child of James Eldridge Cassidy (1898–1957), the town iceman (later a grocer), and Edith Cassidy (née Grisham; 1901–1968), a nurse anesthetist. During her high school years, she worked as a waitress at a local restaurant. Following her graduation from high school, Virginia Kelley moved to Shreveport, Louisiana, to study to be a nurse anesthetist like her mother. During her training in Shreveport, she met her first husband, William Jefferson Blythe, Jr., whom she married in a civil ceremony in 1943, just before he shipped out for World War II military duty. Upon completion of her training, she returned to Hope, Arkansas. When her husband was discharged, he picked her up and they moved for four months to Chicago, Illinois. She moved back to her parents while she and William were in the process of getting a new home in the Hope area. It was while William was on his way back to Hope that he was killed in an automobile accident, three months before Bill Clinton's birth.

In 1950, Virginia Kelley married Roger Clinton, the father of her second son Roger, Jr. Clinton was an alcoholic and was physically and mentally abusive to Virginia and the boys. He did not adopt Bill but Bill took his surname legally in 1962 at his own request. He told his mother that it would be easier if they all had the same last name. Roger and Virginia divorced in 1962, but remarried a few months later.

Following Roger's death from cancer in 1967, Virginia Clinton married hairdresser Jeff Dwire in 1969; he subsequently died of complications of diabetes in 1974. On January 17, 1982, she married Richard Kelley (1915–2007), an executive at a food distribution brokerage firm. Their marriage lasted until her death from complications of breast cancer, at the age of 70, at her home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is buried alongside her first husband at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hope.

She was born in Hope, Arkansas, and was the daughter of James Eldridge Cassidy, the town iceman (later a grocer), and Edith Cassidy (nee Grisham), a nurse anesthetist. During her high school years she worked as a waitress at a local restaurant. Following graduation from high school, she moved to Shreveport, Louisiana to study to be a nurse anesthetist like her mother. During her training in Shreveport, she met her first husband, William Jefferson Blythe Jr., whom she married in a civil ceremony in 1943, just before he shipped out for World War II military duty. Upon completion of her training, she returned to Hope. When her husband was discharged, he picked her up and they moved for four months to Chicago, Illinois.

She moved back to her parents while she and Bill were in the process of getting a new home in the Hope area. It was while Bill was on his way back to Hope that he was killed in an automobile accident, three months before Bill's birth. In 1950, she married Roger Clinton, Sr., the biological father of her second son Roger. Clinton was an alcoholic and was physically and mentally abusive to Virginia and the boys. He did not adopt Bill but Bill took his surname legally in 1962 by his own request. He told his Mom that it would be easier if they all had the same last name. Roger and Virginia divorced in 1961, but remarried a few months later.

Following Roger's death from cancer in 1967, she married hairdresser Jeff Dwire in 1969; he subsequently died of complications of diabetes in 1974. On January 17, 1982, she married Richard Kelley, an executive at a food distribution brokerage firm.

Their marriage lasted until her death from complications of breast cancer, aged 70, at her home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is buried alongside her first husband at Rose Hill Cemetery in Hope, Arkansas.

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