03:36 AM EDT 08/25/2014
Originally posted 02/04/2014 07:30AM
Joan Mondale, who became Second Lady when her husband Walter Mondale was elected Jimmy Carter's vice president in 1976, died Monday afternoon with her husband, sons Ted and William, and other family members by her side, the family said in a statement. She was 83.
Originally posted 09/21/2011 12:00PM
Eleanor Mondale Poling was many things – St. Lawrence University graduate, actress, TV personality and radio deejay. She was also the daughter of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale and, since their wedding in 2005 until her death from brain cancer early last Saturday, the loving wife of musician and composer Chan Poling.
"She passed way peacefully in her own bed, looking out at the pasture. There was a completeness and peace to the whole thing," Poling told PEOPLE at the couple's horse farm outside of Minnesota's Prior Lake, 25 minutes southwest of Minneapolis. Eleanor had called the place home since 2003, when she moved there from New York.
"She looked for a place to have horses and found this gorgeous place here," says her husband. "She had a celebrity status, but also had a very loving, lovely family life. She raised her horses here, had chickens. Loved it all."
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