A grieving husband, who unexpectedly lost the love of his life to a medical condition, was endorsed to serve another four years in Congress.
The Republican primary election has nominated Rep. Andy Barr to stand for re-election in the Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District on Nov. 3. Other Republican nominees include Chuck Eddy and Geoff Young according to the Ballotpedia website.
The incumbent’s campaign received strong support from his fellow party members, friends, and even complete strangers just a week after his wife Carol suddenly died in Lexington, on June 16.
A preliminary autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press shows the 39-year-old woman’s death was likely caused by a natural condition known as mitral valve prolapse, which means two of the heart valve flaps fail to close evenly and instead bulge upward into the organ’s left atrium.
“I have been lifted up and blessed by the gifts of healing prayer since the passing of my wife, Carol,” he said in a statement shared on Facebook. “Tonight, I have been blessed to have the trust and support of voters, who have nominated me to serve the people of Kentucky’s 6th district in the U.S. Congress.”
Barr thanked everyone who took the time to express their condolences and show their support during this difficult time for him, his two daughters, and extended family.
“Those selfless and loving prayers have sustained me, my daughters, and our family during this time of grief—and put us on the path to healing,” he said.
A memorial service was held at Southland Christian Church on the morning of June 22 where attendees heard loved ones describe the executive director of the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship as a “beautiful, loving, kind, passionate and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend.”
“Carol Barr was an organized planner, list-maker, ‘go getter,’ and got things done,” a family representative said in the obituary. “Her external beauty was unsurpassed but her inner beauty, passion, giving attitude, intelligence, and great sense of humor were her most attractive qualities. She was well-known for an amazing, radiant smile that would light up any room.”
The congressman believes it was a fitting memorial for his spouse who he will always remember as a “true life partner in every way.”
“A beautiful tribute to a beautiful life,” he said on Twitter. “Forever in our hearts.”
Milward Funeral Directors, which conducted Barr’s service, encouraged all to make the most of the time they still have with loved ones before it is too late.
“Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel the way with us,” the company said on its website. “So be swift to love and make haste to be kind.”