Former First Lady passes away at 96

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.20 - 2023 7:00 AM CET

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Rosalynn Carter, the former First Lady of the United States, has passed away at the age of 96.

The news was announced by the Carter Center, an organization she co-founded with her husband, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Married for 77 years, Rosalynn was a constant companion and supporter of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States and the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Jimmy Carter, now 99, spoke of her as his equal partner, crediting her with wise guidance and encouragement throughout his life and career.

Rosalynn Carter passed away peacefully at her home in Plains, Georgia, surrounded by her loving family. In a statement, Jimmy Carter expressed his enduring love and support, emphasizing how Rosalynn had always been a source of strength and love in his life.

The Carters have long been partners in their joint efforts to promote international peace and reconciliation.

Rosalynn Carter received palliative care at home in Georgia towards the end of her life, and Jimmy Carter is reportedly in a similar phase of his life.

Jimmy Carter, in a 2015 television interview, reflected on their marriage as the highlight of his life, underscoring his deep love and admiration for Rosalynn. The couple spent much of their younger years on a peanut farm in Plains, Georgia.

Rosalynn Carter was initially perceived as a very ordinary person when they moved into the White House in 1977.

However, she evolved into an elegant speaker, political campaign leader, and activist. The couple's grandson, Jason Carter, recently announced that both his grandmother and grandfather were nearing the end of their lives.

During Jimmy Carter's presidency from 1977 to 1981, Rosalynn supported her husband and was often involved in government meetings and represented the U.S. during visits to Latin America.

Post-presidency, Jimmy Carter engaged in mediating various conflicts and humanitarian work. He has been a prominent advocate for human rights, earning him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

Rosalynn Carter, both as First Lady and in later life, dedicated many years to improving mental health for vulnerable citizens. Together, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter established The Carter Center in 1982 and have been praised as one of the most active and committed former presidential couples in U.S. history.

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