Former VP's wife, Joan Mondale, dies

Joan Mondale built her reputation as an advocate for the arts

POSTED: 03:21 PM PST Feb 03, 2014    UPDATED: 02:03 AM PST Feb 03, 2014 
Joan Mondale

Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale, died on Monday, their church in Minnesota said.

Her husband and sons, Ted and William, and other family members were at her side, according to a statement released by Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis.

"We are grateful for the expressions of love and support we have received. Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly," the former vice president said.

Her husband was the 42nd vice president, a presidential candidate and later an ambassador to Japan.

President Jimmy Carter named her honorary chairwoman of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities, the AP reported. She lobbied Congress and the states to seek a boost in funding for public arts programs.

She also showcased the work of photographer Ansel Adamas, sculptor David Smith and painter Georgia O'Keeffe in the vice presidential residence, the wire service said.