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Obama Attends Memorial for His Grandmother

President-elect Barack Obama has attended a memorial service in his native Hawaii for his grandmother, who helped raise him.

*(* FILE ** In this Nov. 26, 2008 file photo, President-elect Barack Obama listens to a reporter's question during a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

HONOLULU (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama has attended a
memorial service in his native Hawaii for his grandmother, who
helped raise him.

Obama and his family and friends attended private services Tuesday for Madelyn Payne Dunham at the First Unitarian Church in Honolulu.

Dunham, known to friends as "Toot," died Nov. 2, just two days before Obama won his election to become the nation's first African-American president. She was 86.

Obama did not speak to reporters at the small home that had been
converted into a church. Aides says Obama's half-sister and her
husband also were present.

The family planned to scatter Dunham's ashes at a private ceremony later.

The Obamas are vacationing in Hawaii.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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