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Memorial set for Joan Mondale, wife of former US vice-president

Published on Feb 8, 2014 9:09 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (REUTERS) - Family and friends of Mrs Joan Mondale, the wife of former United States Vice President Walter Mondale, will gather on Saturday for a memorial service celebrating the life of the woman known as "Joan of Art" for her decades of support for the fine arts.

Former President Jimmy Carter and US Vice President Joe Biden are expected to attend the memorial service at a downtown Minneapolis church for the former second lady of the 1977 to 1981 Carter administration, who died on Monday at 83.

Mrs Mondale's support for the arts ran more than six decades from her study and work in college through her promotion of arts programs and artists during and after Mr Mondale's terms as a US senator, vice president and ambassador.

Moving to Washington when Mr Mondale was appointed US senator in 1964, Mrs Mondale gave tours at the National Gallery of Art. She published a book, "Politics in Art," based on her arts lectures.

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