Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter died on Sunday, November 19, at the age of 96.
“Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a passionate advocate for mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, died on Sunday, November 19 at 2:10 p.m. at her home in Plains, Georgia,” a statement released through the Carter Center said. . “She died peacefully, with her family by her side.”
Rosalyn was married to the former president Jimmy Carter For 77 years.
“Rosalyn has been my equal partner in everything I have ever accomplished,” Jimmy, 99, said in a statement. “She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew someone loved and supported me.
Rosalyn is survived by Jamie, who is currently in hospice care, their four children, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. (Rosalyn and Jimmy shared children Jack, chip And JeffAnd also the daughter Amy.)
“Besides being a loving mother and an extraordinary first lady, my mother was a great humanitarian in her own right,” Chip, 73, said in his own statement on Sunday. “Her life of service and compassion was an example to all Americans. She will be greatly missed not only by our family but by the many people who enjoy better mental health care and access to the resources needed to provide care today.
The Carter Center announced a few days ago, on Friday, November 17, that Rosalyn I entered hospice care.
“She and President Carter spend time with each other and their families,” his grandson said Jason Carter he said in a statement at the time. “The Carter family continues to ask for privacy and remains grateful for the outpouring of love and support.”
It was Rosaline Diagnosis of dementia in May and continued to live at home with Jamie.
Rosalynn married Jimmy in July 1946, nearly 30 years before he won the 1976 presidential election, and they moved their family from Plains, Georgia, to the White House in Washington, D.C. Jimmy served one term, leaving office in 1981 when former President Ronald Reagan was elected.
After leaving the White House and returning to their hometown on the Plains, Jimmy and Rosalynn co-founded the Carter Center, a non-profit organization to advocate for democracy, peace, and combat disease. Jimmy won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work with the organization.
Both inside and outside the White House, Rosalynn has been a passionate advocate for many issues, including mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights. Her efforts earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999 and induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001.