Rush Limbaugh’s widow says radio host was ‘just shy of a president’ and vows to keep his movement alive

THE WIFE of late conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh praised him as "just shy of a president" in an interview discussing his funeral ceremony.

Kathryn Limbaugh opened up about losing her husband on an episode of his renowned gig 'The Rush Limbaugh Show', and pledged to keep his memory alive.

Limbaugh, 70, passed away on February 17 after experiencing complications related to his stage four lung cancer after a year-long battle.

Kathryn told guest host Todd Herman, "I’m doing okay. Of course, it’s a very difficult time. But I really, truly feel we are all going through this process together, and it’s very much a process."

"And I think it helps us to all be together and grieve in a sense and keep our Rush with us in that way."

The death of the renowned political commentator rocked the country and saw the flags across Florida lowered to half mast in his honor.

In his first interview after leaving the White House, Donald Trump said, "Rush was a friend to myself and millions of Americans – guiding light with the ability to see the truth and paint vivid pictures over the airwaves."

His 44-year-old widow also shared what Herman described as an "incredibly personal and beautiful" short conversation between the couple about his funeral plans.

Limbaugh joked with his wife, "I hope you get invited!" before saying he was "sorry he was gonna miss it".

Kathryn explained, "We decided that we would be open and direct so that we can plan it very beautifully, and I told Rush that he is just shy of a president, and presidents get this kind of treatment; so he deserves that."

Kathryn, who married Rush in 2010, discussed her husband's intimate funeral on February 24 in St. Louis, Missouri,that "reminded her of Arlington," the historical cemetery in Virginia.

"It was an absolutely gorgeous day, slightly chilly, but nothing like the snow that Missouri had had a few days prior. The sun was shining brightly and the really crisp air and this cemetery is very historic."

"It has a lot of historic figures such as William Clark of Lewis and Clark expedition and others," she continued.

"And just to picture it, it might remind you a bit of Arlington or other historic cemeteries around the world, with winding hills and pathways and big trees that are bare right now but in the upcoming months they will be full and green and very lovely to walk around. 

"But as I said in that clip, I’ve always said Rush is just shy of a president, in my opinion."

Upon arriving at the Bellefontaine Cemetery, "there was a horse-drawn carriage waiting for him, and it was simply stunning," before playing his favorite music in his final resting place.

Kathryn, a direct descendant of John Adams, a Founding Father of the US, promised to keep her husband's spirit alive.

The children's author said, "I will continue the Rush Revere books and audio. To keep the movement alive, just think of what Rush would say and do. 

"I have his wedding ring and a cross on a chain around my neck, keeping him with me every day, every moment. Rush didn’t know after which EIB Show he would follow God’s plan to return to Heaven. 

"He went peacefully. Yes, he was greeted by many when he arrived back home. "

She described the beginning of their love story in 2007, saying she knew she was falling for him, "right away, the first time that we went out for dinner. I spoke about that last time, but when we went out to dinner, he just was so incredibly well spoken, as you can imagine. 

"He was a gentleman. He was kind, but also, he was very funny."

Limbaugh had been married three times previously but never had any children.

He won the National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Award for 'Excellence in Syndicated and Network Broadcasting' five times and is also a member of the Radio Hall of Fame.

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