Jimmy Carter pays tribute to wife Rosalynn after her death at 96
Former First Lady and women's rights advocate Rosalynn Carter passed away at 96, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and advocacy.
Rosalynn Carter, a beloved former First Lady and a champion of women's rights, has passed away at the age of 96. The Carter Center confirmed her passing, revealing that she had been in hospice care for two days following a six-month battle with dementia. She died at her home in Plains, Georgia, surrounded by her family.
Rosalynn, who shared an extraordinary 77-year marriage with President Jimmy Carter, leaves behind a lasting legacy. She is survived by her children -- Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy -- as well as her 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. However, she also experienced the loss of a grandson in 2015.
President Carter, 99, expressed his profound sense of loss, emphasizing that Rosalynn was his equal partner in everything he accomplished. He described her as a source of wise guidance and encouragement, and spoke of her unwavering love and support.
Reflecting on his mother's impact, Chip Carter stated that Rosalynn was not only a loving mother and extraordinary First Lady, but also a great humanitarian. Her life of service and compassion served as an example for all Americans, particularly in the areas of mental health care and caregiving.
First Lady Jill Biden shared the news of Rosalynn's passing at a Naval Station Norfolk event, highlighting her influential work in mental health, caregiving, and women's rights.
In their final days, Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter, who is also in hospice care, were said to be 'spending time together'. The couple holds the record for the longest marriage in U.S. presidential history, having celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary on July 7, 2023.
Rosalynn was known for her supportive role throughout her marriage, especially during Jimmy's presidency from 1977 to 1981. She actively participated in cabinet meetings and played a crucial role as her husband's personal envoy.
Her commitment to mental health advocacy was a defining aspect of her life's work. The Carter Center, acknowledging her diagnosis with dementia, highlighted her lifelong dedication to mental health and caregiving advocacy.
Tributes poured in from prominent figures, including Senate leader Chuck Schumer, former Vice-President Al Gore, House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries, and Texas senator Ted Cruz, all of whom praised Rosalynn's compassion and humanitarian efforts.
Rosalynn's passing comes after President Carter battled various health issues, including cancer and dehydration, yet remained active in public life until recent times.
The Carter Center has announced plans to set up an online condolence book and will publish details of memorial events and funeral ceremonies soon. Rosalynn Carter's passing marks the end of an era, but her legacy as a compassionate advocate and devoted partner will continue to inspire generations to come.