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Joan Mondale
Second Lady of the United States
In office
January 20, 1977 – January 20, 1981
Preceded byHappy Rockefeller
Succeeded byBarbara Bush
Personal details
BornAugust 8, 1930(1930-08-08)
Eugene, Oregon
DiedFebruary 3, 2014(2014-02-03) (aged 83)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Walter Mondale
(m. 1955–2014; her death)
ChildrenTheodore A. Mondale
Eleanor Mondale (deceased)
William H. Mondale
ParentsJohn Maxwell Adams
Eleanor Jane Hall

Joan Adams Mondale (née Adams; August 8, 1930 – February 3, 2014) was the wife of Walter Mondale. He is a former Vice President of the United States, Presidential candidate, and United States Ambassador to Japan. She was the unofficial second lady from 1977 to 1981. She was an advocate for arts and has had the name 'Joan of Art'. She has studied kinds of art, such as Japanese art.[1]

Early life and education

Mondale was born to John Maxwell Adams and Eleanor Jane Hall.[1] She was one of the three daughters in her family.[1] She attended schools in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.[1]


On February 2, 2014, the Mondale family announced that she had entered hospice care for Alzheimer's disease.[2] She died at the hospice from the disease in Minneapolis the following day, surrounded by members of her family.[3]