Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's (R-Fla.) mother, Amanda Adato Ros, died early Friday morning in Florida from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 84.

In a joint statement with her husband, Dexter Lehtinen, the newly-appointed House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman (shown here) said, "My greatest aspiration has not been to be a Member of Congress or the Chairman of an important Committee but to be the type of loving mother to my children that she was to me."

She added, "My mother always had a clever Cuban saying for every situation and I was astounded that she could remember so many at the appropriate time."

Ros-Lehtinen and her brother were born in Cuba, and the lawmaker noted, "My mom worked hard for a free Cuba and it saddens me deeply that she never got the opportunity to see her native homeland bathed in liberty and democracy.”

Amanda Ros's parents were originally from Turkey, and Ros, who was Jewish, married Enrique Ros, a Catholic, in 1945. Ros-Lehtinen said in her statement that, "When [Ros] married my Dad at 19, some thought the marriage would not last because she was Jewish and my father was Catholic. She converted to Catholicism but taught me to be proud of my Jewish roots."

Ros-Lehtinen and her husband concluded, “Our family is in pain and deep sorrow now but we know that she is in a better place and is with the Lord at her side. Suffering from Alzheimer's, the last years were very difficult. We will appreciate it that In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in the name of Amanda Ros to ‘The Alzheimer's Association of South Florida.’”

Services for Amanda Ros will be held this Saturday, January 29. A memorial service will take place on Sunday, January 30.

ITK sends its condolences to Ros-Lehtinen and her family.