In a deeply moving and personal eulogy, former First Lady Melania Trump paid tribute to her mother, celebrating her life and legacy with words of love, admiration, and profound respect. The funeral on Thursday was attended by family and close friends.
Melania began her eulogy with touching words. “Her nurturing spirit had no limits, creating a legacy that will last for generations.” She spoke of the love her mother had for her grandson, Baron Trump, “illuminating his world with love, tender care, and unwavering devotion.”
“In her presence, we were enveloped in the warmth of her embrace.” Melania expressed her eternal gratitude for the “unparalleled affection she bestowed on us,” and described her as “the best mother, wife, grandmother, mother-in-law, a true beacon of love and luxury in our lives.”
On January 9, the former First Lady provided sad news revealing that her mother, Amalija Knavs, passed away at the age of 78.
Knavs and her father, Viktor Knavs, 79, have both been living at Mar-a-Lago in recent years, where her daughter and grandson, Barron Trump, also reside. The former first lady had been absent from a number of events in recent weeks while taking care of her mother.
Melania went on to highlight her mother’s beauty and sense of style, but said that it was her “unwavering dedication and hard work that truly made her exceptional.” She shared insights into her mother’s resilience, “Like a string that holds everything together, she balanced the demands of motherhood with grace and poise.”
Speaking about her mother’s professional life, Melania noted, “She worked tirelessly, pushing herself beyond her limits, fueled by the fire within. She is a true inspiration, a role model to me, and to so many.” She also spoke of her mother’s passion for cooking, “transporting every dish, which she curated with her spices from her garden, to new heights.”
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Melania reminisced about her introduction to the world of fashion through her mother’s stories: “She effortlessly introduced me to the charming world of fashion with tales of her glamorous travels to Paris and neighboring European capitals.” She described these experiences as transformative, inspiring her own journey into the fashion industry.
She shared fond memories of their time together, “Often in the late hours of the evenings, we sketch designs and make patterns together, and then with each stitch, she finished crafting piece.” Melania’s voice held a note of nostalgia as she recounted these intimate moments of creativity and bonding.
The eulogy also touched on her mother’s sense of adventure and love for nature, with memorable family trips and her mother’s appreciation for the beauty of the world. Melania spoke of the pride her mother felt when her husband became President and she became the First Lady, “She exuded an exquisite sense of pride.”
Concluding her tribute, Melania reflected on the strength of their bond, “Our bond was unbreakable, a gift bestowed upon me by the universe.” She ended with a heartfelt farewell, “Rest in peace, my beloved mommy.”
The eulogy concluded with a reading from Ecclesiastes, reflecting the cycle of life and the enduring impact of a mother’s love. Melania’s words painted a portrait of a woman who was not only a pillar of strength and elegance but also a source of inspiration and unwavering support for her family.
The former First Lady’s eulogy will be remembered as a beautiful homage to a life well-lived and a love that will forever endure.