Joan Mondale passed away Monday afternoon at 83 after spending her final days in hospice care with former Vice President Walter Mondale and their sons at her side.
"We are grateful for the expressions of love and support we have received. Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly," said former Vice President Mondale.
Saturday, those same family members were joined by former President Jimmy Carter and current Vice-President Joe Biden at a service at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis to remember the former second lady.
Carter spoke of meeting Joan during the 1976 Vice Presidential selection, saying "he and Rosalynn fell in love with her so Fritz could come along."
The service punctuated her love of the fine arts. Known to many as Joan of Art, Mondale served as chairperson of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities and also served on the Boards of the Walker Art Center, Macalester College and the National Portrait Gallery.