Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a dedicated advocate for mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, passed away at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96. Known for her unwavering commitment to these causes, Mrs. Carter’s recent entry into hospice care was announced just days before her death by The Carter Center.
Remembering Rosalynn Carter
In a heartfelt statement from former President Jimmy Carter, he reminisced about his wife’s wisdom and constant companionship. “Rosalynn was my partner in everything,” he said, encapsulating a life shared in love and mutual respect. Their marriage, spanning 77 remarkable years, stands as one of the longest among presidential couples. Rosalynn Carter’s role as a First Lady was marked by a distinct dedication to public service and advocacy, leaving an indelible mark on the nation.
A Legacy Beyond Politics
Earlier this year, The Carter Center revealed Rosalynn Carter’s struggle with dementia, a condition that brought her health into public concern. Her passing comes shortly after Jimmy Carter’s own transition to home hospice care, following a series of hospitalizations. Despite these personal challenges, the Carters remained steadfast in their commitments to public service and advocacy.
A Family’s Tribute
The couple’s children — Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy — and their extended family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive her. Chip Carter, reflecting on his mother’s life, said, “My mother was more than a loving mother and First Lady. Her dedication to mental health and caregiving has left a profound impact on society.” This sentiment echoes the enduring influence of Rosalynn Carter’s life, a legacy of compassion and advocacy that will continue to resonate for generations to come.