Melania Trump spoke at her late mother, Amalija Knavs’s, funeral, where she and President Trump gave a touching tribute.
Watch the tribute here:
My heart breaks for Melania Trump and the entire family.
Keep them in your prayers.🙏pic.twitter.com/otbDyUnfpT
— Brenden Dilley (@WarlordDilley) January 18, 2024
The folks at Fox News provide a transcript of the tribute:
“My mother, the epitome of elegance and grace, exemplified the essence of a true woman. Her love for her husband, Viktor, my father, Ines, my sister and me was boundless. Her nurturing spirit had no limits, creating a legacy that will last for generations. She showered her grandson, Barron, with affection, illuminating his world with love, tender care, and unwavering devotion,” Melania said at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida. “She embodied the best mother, wife, grandmother, mother-in-law, a true beacon of love and luxury in our lives.”
“With each step she took, she embraced the privilege bestowed upon her and, in time, the privilege of becoming a US citizen. She vowed to contribute to make a difference in the world,” Melania Trump said of her mother, who died Jan. 9 at age 78 in Miami after an undisclosed illness. “Filled with uncertainty, she knew an exquisite sense of pride as my husband became the President of the United States and as I embarked on a grand odyssey, traveling the corners of the globe as the first lady. My father, my sister, Barron, Donald and I will forever remember the echoes of our laughter that we share with our beloved Babi over family dinners and travels. Her conversations flowed effortlessly, adorned with grace and charm. No topic was off limits.”
“In her presence, the world seemed to shimmer with radiant joy. She was not just a friend, but a confidant. A ray of light in the darkest of days. In her company, I found peace knowing that she would always be there to listen. She celebrated our successes and provided unwavering support during chaotic times. Our bond was unbreakable. A testament to the power of a true love for one another. She was my dear friend. An irreplaceable treasure. A gift bestowed upon me by the universe. And for that, I am entirely grateful. Rest in peace, my beloved mommy.”
Many have shared their condolences and prayers on X:
Prayers are with Melania and Donald Trump and their family today. pic.twitter.com/YkrKEVwSJj
— Big Fish (@BigFish3000) January 18, 2024
God bless First Lady Melania Trump, what a beautiful eulogy for her mother. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zLczn7a0Ev
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) January 18, 2024
USA Today offers more on the story:
Following the service, the casket adorned with white flowers was led back to the hearse by a procession of clergy from the church, with the lead priest carrying incense and Schenck at the rear. The casket followed them, and Viktor Knavs and Donald, Melania and Barron Trump followed the casket.
Trump’s eldest four children remained at the church’s entrance.
The pallbearers lifted the casket into the hearse, as Knavs and the Trumps stood in a row along the curb of South Ocean Boulevard, the shutters of photographers across the street clicking as about a dozen members of the press shifted places on the sidewalk to jockey for clear image.
With the hearse closed, Schenck spoke with each of the four family members, then led the clergy back toward the church.
Melania Trump and her father went into the black SUV waiting for them, just behind the hearse. Donald and Barron Trump sat in the SUV behind theirs. As the former president helped his wife into the car, he appeared to say, “I’m going to ride with our son.”
My prayers go out to the Trump family tonight