By TONIA HILL
U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1) today, Monday, March 13, announced the passing of his wife, Carolyn, 68, who died this morning of congestive heart failure at the University of Chicago Hospital.
“Today I have lost my best friend, the love of my life, my confidant and my best half,” said Rush, who was at her bedside, along with her children, when she died in a written statement. “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.”
Carolyn Rush was born on May 27, 1949, in Memphis, Tenn., she moved to Chicago at an early age. Rush graduated from Hirsch High School, 7740 S. Ingleside Ave., received a B.A. in Organization Leadership from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
She worked as a community organizer, precinct captain and political strategist for numerous campaigns. She was also involved in the Civil Rights Movement and was instrumental in working to end discrimination in housing and employment. The couple was married for 36 years and has a blended family of seven children (one son is deceased), and 11 grandchildren.
“I want to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support over the last several months as Carolyn’s health faded,” Rush said. “I want to commend the University of Chicago’s medical staff who provided excellent care for her for the duration of her illness.”
Funeral arrangements are pending.
“Carolyn never left my side when I was diagnosed with cancer,” Rush said. “She’s the reason I’m still here. I will forever miss my friend.”