Former 2nd lady Joan Mondale dies at age 83

Former 2nd lady Joan Mondale dies at age 83

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale (L) and his wife Joan enter the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer to attend the funeral mass for former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro March 31, 2011 in New York City. Former Democratic congresswoman Ferraro was the first major-party female to run for U.S. vice president. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 7:26 PM

   MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joan Mondale, who built a reputation as a national cultural arts advocate while her husband was vice president, has died.
 
   Her family issued a statement through their church saying she died Monday afternoon with family by her side.
 
   Mondale was so passionate about the arts that she was nicknamed "Joan of Art." She herself was an avid potter when her husband Walter, then a Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota, was elected Jimmy Carter's vice president in 1976.
 
   Carter named Joan Mondale honorary chairwoman of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. She traveled frequently to museums, theaters and artists' studios on the administration's behalf, and lobbied Congress and the states for more spending on public arts programs.
 
 

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