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Services set for wife of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush

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Services have been set for Carolyn Rush, the wife of U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (IL-1) who announced her death. She died Monday morning of congestive heart failure at the University of Chicago Hospital. Carolyn was 68.

A wake at 10 a.m. will precede Carolyn’s funeral at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the Freedom Temple COGIC, 1459 W. 74th Street.

Flowers, acknowledgments, resolutions and other well wishes should be forwarded in care of Leak & Son Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago, IL 60619.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee on May 27, 1949, Carolyn moved to Chicago at an early age. She graduated from Hirsch High School and later graduated with high honors, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Roosevelt University in Chicago. In addition to her work as a community organizer, precinct captain and political strategist in many campaigns, she was also instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement, working to end discrimination in housing and employment.

“Today I have lost my best friend, the love of my life, my confidante and my best half,” said Rep. Rush, who was at her bedside, along with her children, when she died. “This is one of the most difficult days of my life. If there is any comfort at all, it is in knowing that Carolyn is no longer suffering and that she has returned to our Father in Heaven. I will always cherish her. She was everything to me. I am devastated.”

He also said, “I want to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support over the last several months as Carolyn’s health faded. I want to commend the University of Chicago’s medical staff who provided excellent care for her for the duration of her illness.

“I also express my sincerest appreciation to my colleagues in Congress, and to my constituents, for understanding why it was so important for me to be with my wife when I also had to be in Washington. Choosing to be with her until the very end was really no choice for me at all. As her husband it was my duty and as a man of God it was also my responsibility to be by her side,” Rush reflected. “Carolyn never left my side when I was diagnosed with cancer. She’s the reason I’m still here. I will forever miss my friend.”

Mrs. Rush and her husband Congressman Bobby Rush, have a blended family of seven children (one son is deceased), and 11 grandchildren. The couple were married for 36 years.

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