PLAINS, Ga. -- Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are remembering Joan Mondale as an arts advocate and an effective campaigner.<br />
The wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale died Monday at age 83. Walter Mondale was elected Jimmy Carter's No. 2 in 1976.<br />
In a statement, the Carters said Joan Mondale was a devoted wife and a close partner with her husband throughout his career.<br />
The former president and first lady also say Joan Mondale was exemplary in using public service to advance the arts and other issues important to her and many Americans.<br />
The Carters say they remember how she was appreciated by the people of Japan for her love of their arts when her husband served as U.S. ambassador to Japan.
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