Nikki Haley confirmed Tuesday that her husband’s sister has died from COVID-19.
Haley, a Republican who served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 until she was appointed to the role of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations by President Donald Trump in 2017, announced the news in a tweet. “She will be missed,” Haley wrote Tuesday.
“Today we said goodbye”
According to the Associated Press, 53-year-old Rhonda Lee Nelson, the sister to Haley’s husband Michael, died Nov. 25.
A memorial service for Nelson was held Tuesday in Ohio, the Associated Press reported.
In her tweet, Haley said Nelson “loved God, her family [and] all who knew her.” Haley had previously made no mention of her sister-in-law’s diagnosis.
Today we said goodbye to Michael’s sister, Rhonda, who passed the day before Thanksgiving of Covid. She ministered to many inside and outside of the church. She loved God, her family & all who knew her. She will be missed. 💕🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/nrqrrl7rkI
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) December 8, 2020
According to an obituary for Nelson, the 53-year-old was a “long time and faithful child of God” who played the piano and sang at her church.
Nelson is reportedly survived by her husband, their four children, two spouses of those children, and one granddaughter.
A look ahead
The news of her sister-in-law’s death comes as Haley has been in the headlines in recent weeks amid speculation that she may run for the Republican Party’s nod for the White House in 2024.
In a report published last month, the New York Post said “many” conservatives are hopeful that with her experience in the U.N., Haley “could rebuild trust in NATO and other U.S. alliances around the world.”
Other names that have been floated for the GOP nomination in 2024 include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and President Donald Trump’s children Donald Jr. and Ivanka, according to the Post.
Of course, this all assumes that President Trump’s ongoing legal challenges to the 2020 election results don’t fail. The president has teased that if they do, and Joe Biden takes the presidency come Jan. 20, he may make another White House bid himself in 2024, Politico reports.