Joe Biden's wife's death left him rocked with grief.

Can his family endure one last campaign? That he maybe shouldn't approach them. [19], She switched her enrollment to the University of Delaware,[15] in its College of Arts and Sciences,[20] where she declared English as her major. [66], Her life with her husband at Number One Observatory Circle tended towards the informal and was centered around family and their nearby grandchildren. Beau and Hunter Biden, Joe’s sons, were Neilia Hunter Biden’s children with Joe Biden, although they were also very close to Jill Biden, who married the grieving Joe Biden in the 1970s. He was survived by his wife, Hallie, and the couple’s two children, Natalie and Hunter.

[93], Biden continued to teach at NOVA during 2019, at one point telling a reporter, "I'm here grading research papers in between interviews." [57] In August 2010, Biden appeared as herself in an episode of Lifetime's Army Wives, making it part of her campaign to raise awareness of military families. When his son had terminal cancer, said Biden, “I can’t fathom what would happen if they had said the last six months you’re on your own.”. He survived the crash, along with his brother, Beau, who later died tragically of brain cancer. [2][3] Her father, Donald Carl Jacobs (1927–1999),[4] was a bank teller who became head of a savings and loan institution in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. She is the founder of the Biden Breast Health Initiative non-profit organization, co-founder of the Book Buddies program, co-founder of the Biden Foundation, is active in Delaware Boots on the Ground, and is co-founder of Joining Forces with Michelle Obama.
[13] She graduated in 1969.

Only Hunter and Beau survived the accident, although they were also injured in it. His second wife, Jill, and the passage of time allowed him to endure the grievous loss. "[33], Biden is president of the Biden Breast Health Initiative, a nonprofit organization begun in 1993 that provides educational breast health awareness programs free of charge to schools and other groups in the state of Delaware. [8] She gained some media attention during the March 3 Super Tuesday primaries when, during her husband's speech after experiencing a number of victories around the nation, she physically blocked a protester from getting at him. [5][11], Jacobs always intended to have her own career. My life changed in an instant. Jill Tracy Jacobs was born on June 3, 1951,[a] in Hammonton, New Jersey. A friend of Biden’s who looked into the accident at the time told Politico, “She had a stop sign. '"[33] During Joe Biden's 2008 campaign to be the Democratic nominee, she continued to teach during the week and would join him for campaigning on weekends.

[5][6] Her mother, Bonny Jean (Godfrey) Jacobs (1930–2008),[2] was a homemaker,[4] and was of English and Scottish descent. She wore a silk blue gown by Vera Wang when she appeared at the inaugural balls in January 2013. Neilia Hunter Biden was the first wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, and her tragic death has caused Biden immeasurable grief. When I talk to people in mourning, they know I speak from experience. JOE Biden and his wife Jill had an affair that broke up her first marriage, her first husband has claimed. [32] In all, she spent thirteen years teaching in public high school. ", "Colleagues see a caring, giving Jill Biden", "Donald C. Jacobs, 72; Ran Savings And Loan In Phila", "Jill Biden tries to close the deal for her husband, one tiny Iowa town at a time", "In Iowa, a Former Second Lady Campaigns to Be the First", "Jill Biden Heads Toward Life in the Spotlight", "Upper Moreland grad Jill Biden in campaign limelight", "On the record: New Castle County: Civil", "Jill Biden is finally ready to be first lady. [79] Her husband was seen as a popular ex-vice president and she received a standing ovation when she was a presenter at the 71st Tony Awards. Joe and Jill Biden have a daughter, Ashley, born in 1981. According to his obituary, Beau died in 2015. Keep thinking what it is, and keep remembering those kids of yours, or him or her the rest of their life, blood of my blood, bone of my bone, because, folks, it can and will get better.”, In 2017, Biden spoke about his grief in his book, saying, “The pain had seemed unbearable in the beginning, and it took me a long time to heal, but I did survive the punishing ordeal. He has discussed the tragedies in circumstances that allow him to help others suffering grief because he has walked in their shoes. [34], Once her husband was selected as the running mate to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, she began campaigning again. I just could not believe that he won, because I felt that things were already so bad. Biden commuted every day after his wife died so that he could be with his sons, according to [8] In joint appearances she sometimes spoke after he did, acting in the "closer" role. "[101] During the final stretch of the general election she campaigned in the Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania, near her home town, emphasizing the importance of the swing state and of women voting, saying "You will decide, you, the women, will decide the future of this state and this state may determine the entire election. [33][35] She has said of teaching at a community college, "I feel like I can make a greater difference in their lives. [70] During the 2014 U.S. midterm Congressional elections she campaigned for a number of Democrats, including some ones in high-profile contests such as Mark Udall in Colorado and Michelle Nunn in Georgia. Men and women, looking for comfort or empathy. [c] She began her career being employed as a substitute teacher in the Wilmington school system, then taught high school English full-time for a year at St. Mark's High School in Wilmington.
“Neilia was my very best friend, my greatest ally, my sensuous lover,” he told her in 1974. [80][81] Their ability to purchase this family property was due in part to deals they signed with Flatiron Books upon leaving office, with Biden contracted to write one and her husband two.

[94] She attracted notice during one campaign stop in New Hampshire when she emphasized the electability argument in favor of her husband, saying, "you know, your candidate might be better on, I don't know, health care, than Joe is, but you've got to look at who's going to win this election, and maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, 'OK, I personally like so-and-so better,' but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump. – Take note @Wikipedia! [41] (Whether she has ever formally converted to Catholicism, or explicitly identifies as a Catholic, is unknown. "[95], Once Hunter Biden became a figure in the scandal related to the Ukraine that led to a presidential impeachment, she was adamant about defending him: "Hunter did nothing wrong. “The longer we lived together the more we enjoyed everything from sex to sports. Claim: Joe Biden lied in claiming that the accident that killed his wife and daughter involved a driver who had been drinking. "[5] Meanwhile, she was going through turbulent divorce proceedings with Stevenson; the court case ended with her not getting the half-share in the Stone Balloon she had wanted. It will air from 8-11 p.m. [5] She married Bill Stevenson, a former college football player, in February 1970;[16] she became known as Jill Stevenson. Since 2009, she has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College and is thought to be the first second lady to hold a paying job while her husband was vice president. [71][72], In May 2015 she suffered the death of her stepson Beau Biden from brain cancer. [91] A Town and Country magazine headline declared that "Jill Biden Might Just Be Joe Biden's Greatest Political Asset". “It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life,” Joe Biden said. Joe and Jill Biden had their first date in March of 1975, and they married in June of 1977.". I mean I hear that, again and again and again – no more Betsy DeVos. Joe Biden was able to find love again, to Jill Tracy Jacobs Biden. [67] The same month, the Bidens' daughter Ashley, a social worker and former staffer at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families, married Howard Krein.

As if the death of Neilia was not enough, Joe Biden would eventually lose another family member far too young, his charismatic politician son, Beau, who died of brain cancer, only 46-years-old. They know I have a sense of the depth of their pain.”. But no matter where life takes you, as of today you are a master of a craft, a shipbuilder and a leader, and no one can take that away from you.