"I will continue to live in Phoenix, Arizona, surrounded by dear friends and my family," she wrote, adding, "While the last chapter of my life may attempt dementia, nothing has my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless Reduce blessings of my life. "
Chief Justice John Roberts praised O & Connor in a statement on Tuesday as a" towering figure "and a" role model not only for girls and women, but for anyone seeking equal justice under the
O & # 39; Connor, 88, was retired from the bank by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 as the first female Supreme Court Judge of the United States Supreme Court to look after her husband, who she retired suffered from Alzheimer's.
In her retirement, she became a defender of Alzheimer's disease and launched iCivics, a website that invites young people to learn civics.
In her letter, O & Connor also announced that she will step away from public life and take her lead with iCivics given her physical condition.
"It is time for new leaders to make civic learning and civic engagement a reality for all," she wrote, adding, "I hope I have inspired young people to engage in civic engagement and pave the way for women paved barriers to her career.
The letter was published by the court's Public Information Officer O & # 39; Connor signed it down and wrote, "God bless you all."
Roberts said he was "sad "It was not at all surprising that she used the opportunity to share that fact to first think of our country."
"Although she has announced that she was withdrawing from public life, no illness or condition she can take away the inspiration she offers to those who follow the many paths she has fired, "wrote Roberts.
O'Connor Inspired Generations of Lawyers Admiring Their Wayfarer Success in a Male-Dominated Domain Over time, she was on the field as a moderate conservative and often the swing vote on hot-button social issues.