WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recalled how she “worked her hands in a way that I had never heard from a brilliant mind like her”.

“She also worked with uncommon skill – the first one to teach me how to make my own prophylactics and the first to convey the concept of good conduct to a Court clerk,” former clerk and Ginsburg’s husband Richard Aptel said in a letter to her shortly after Ms Ginsburg’s death on Sunday.

Ms Ginsburg and Mr Aptel married in 1969, two months after the term began. Ginsburg was an associate justice from 1981 until she retired on July 26 this year.

“You did all this work on your own and did it with a set of special talents,” said Mr Aptel, who lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts, and used to work as an assistant United States attorney.

“I hope you shared your talents with others, because any one of us could use the energy you gave us,” Mr Aptel said.

The 88-year-old justice died of lung cancer at her New York City apartment. She had been bedridden since her cancer was diagnosed in December.

After retiring, she received a joint law degree from Yale University and the Massachusetts Bar Association. She also wrote several books.

At her funeral, which was held on Saturday at the US Supreme Court, her body will lie in state for two weeks, then her body will lie in repose for at least 10 days.

Ms Ginsburg served as a senior law clerk for Justice William O. Douglas from 1963 to 1967, when she was just 15.

The next day, she received the highest post in her country. A 10-year service at the justice court was the longest on the court. Ms Ginsburg also performed the task of hearing arguments for the court.