Katie Couric shared a moving memory of her late first husband, Jay Monahan, at their daughter Ellie Monahan’s wedding earlier this month.
The 64-year-old former TODAY co-host shared the full text of her moving speech on her personal website. In it, Couric thanked the many friends and family who have supported her as she raises Monahan, 29, and her younger sister, Carrie Monahan, 25.
After sharing happy memories for several minutes, Couric devoted a special passage towards the end of his speech to Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42.
“I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t tell you that for many years I dreaded this day – because of the people who are not here,” she began before mentioning the late grandparents and other relatives. of the bride and her husband, Mark Dobrosky.
“But most of all, the father of the bride, Jay Monahan. Jay would be so proud of you two and so thrilled that Ellie married a lacrosse player. And a great guy,” Couric said.
“When Jay was in the throes of cancer and it seemed like the end of his life was near, he looked at me and said, ‘You know, nothing really matters except your friends and your family. “When everything else was taken out, Jay understood what was essential for a meaningful life,” she continued.
“Ellie, it would be radiant to see the woman you have become … and in a way, I hope he is,” she added.
The seasoned TV journalist, who found love again with her second husband, banker John Molner, whom she married in 2014, concluded her speech by sharing a quote from her mother, Elinor, and another from the superstar country Kacey Musgraves.
“My mother used to say, ‘In everyone’s life, a little rain must fall.’ Life, in fact, is a strange alchemy of joy and sorrow, of hope and despair, of triumphs and disappointments.
“But in the immortal words of Carrie’s favorite, Kacey Musgraves, ‘Hold on tight to your umbrella, cause honey, I’m just trying to tell you there’s always been a rainbow over it. off your head, ”she said, adding to the bride and groom,“ Hold on tight to your umbrella and to each other. ”
Couric wasn’t the only one honoring Monahan at the festive event. Ellie Monahan also made sure her late father was part of her special day.
In one of Couric’s many Instagram posts chronicling the wedding, she revealed that Monahan paid homage to her father by walking alone down the aisle to one of her favorite songs, “Ashokan Farewell,” an American folk composition. performed by composer Jay. Ungar and his family group.
“Jay Monahan loved this song, which was used in Ken Burn’s Civil War series, so it was a way of honoring him,” Couric wrote.
“Yes, I cried all the time,” she added. “Most of the people there did.”