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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s mother, Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Finnegan Biden, died on Friday at the family’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the vice president said in a statement. She was 92.

Biden said his mother “passed away peacefully” surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other loved ones.

“At 92, she was the center of our family and taught all of her children that family is to be treasured, loyalty is paramount and faith will guide you through the tough times,” he said.

Mrs. Biden was born in 1917 and married to Joseph Robinette Biden for 61 years before he died in 2002, said the statement released by the White House.