Nechama Rivlin, wife of President Reuven Rivlin, died on Tuesday at the age of 73. Rivlin, who suffered from a lung condition in recent years, had undergone a lung transplant three months ago, but her condition deteriorated. She was being treated at Beilinson hospital in Petach Tikva, where she died on the eve of her 74th birthday.

Nechama Rivlin was born in 1945 in Moshav Herut in the Sharon region. She married Reuven Rivlin in 1971. The couple has three children and seven grandchildren. She worked  for many years at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she also had studied, until her retirement in 2007, at which point her lung condition was discovered. 

With her husband's election as president in 2014, Nechama Rivlin, focused on several spheres, including art, activities for children with special needs, the environment and nature. She set up a community garden at the presidential residence, and often hosted children from around the country for activities there. In 2018, Nechama Rivlin established the President's Award for Hebrew Poetry.

Upon her passing, tributes poured in from Israel and abroad for the admired and beloved woman. KAN's Mark Weiss asked former Labor party Knesset member Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin, who knew Nechama Rivlin, how she will remember her.