Rush Limbaugh’s widow, Kathryn Limbaugh, broke her silence when she went on today’s edition of the still-running “The Rush Limbaugh Show” to announce a virtual memorial service is planned soon for the talk radio legend.
She appeared with guest host Mark Steyn. “It’s been a very difficult time. We know that Rush is in a good place. He’s in heaven. He’s looking down on us. That gives us some element of comfort, but it’s been a very difficult time.”
“We are in the initial stages of planning a celebration of life that will be able to be viewed by all of the audience and friends and extended family at some point in the near future,” she said.
“We don’t have an exact date just yet, we’re working on some of the logistics,” she added before noting the virtual nature of the ceremony was mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kathryn Limbaugh took calls from listeners and opened up about how she met and married Rush, and her initial impression of him.
Kathryn told listeners they met at a celebrity golf tournament. “Rush was one of the guests that were introduced to me as a potential guest for the tournament. I put him down on the ‘B’ or ‘C’ list based on what I thought I knew of him,” she said.
“I thought, ‘Okay I’ve heard a lot about him, but I will give him a shot anyway. He walked in, he was extraordinarily humble and kind. And I thought: ‘This isn’t the person I thought was going to arrive.’”
“Over the course of our marriage, he taught me and many others to not read things from their outside. Rush and I became friends for many years before we got married.” It’s clear she deeply admired her husband, too. “Rush was extraordinary in every way,” she says.
“We had somebody who could help us feel the words he was saying, and then we could put that to our everyday life,” one caller told her when recounting how much he meant to his fans.
“In the first five minutes of listening to the show for the first time, I felt like I knew him. He was like a father figure to me. He wasn’t a politician, he was us – he made us feel like he was us. Now we’re lost. Now we don’t have that voice anymore.”
She told the story of how Elton John sang at their wedding.
“Both Rush and I loved Elton John for many years, and he happened to be staying in the same hotel we were in Hawaii.”
“He was in the hotel suite in the floor above us. Rush and I were on the deck and we said to each other, ‘How about we invite Elton John to perform at our wedding?’”
“We thought it wouldn’t happen, but I wrote a letter to Elton John and told him how much we loved and adored him, and asked if he might be available to headline at our wedding.”
“Elton was there at the wedding and he was absolutely wonderful.”