In a solemn announcement from the Carter Center, the organization has confirmed that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has entered hospice care at her home. This news comes as a poignant reminder of the passage of time for one of America’s most respected political families.
Born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith in 1927, Carter has been a figure of dignity and grace in American public life. Marrying Jimmy Carter in 1946, she was an essential partner in his rise from a naval officer to Governor of Georgia, and eventually to the 39th President of the United States.
As First Lady from 1977 to 1981, Rosalynn Carter was known for her advocacy in mental health, elderly care, and community volunteering. Her contributions extended well beyond the traditional ceremonial duties expected of a First Lady, marking her as a progressive and influential figure in American politics.
The Carters’ post-presidency years have been marked by continued service, with their work through the Carter Center focusing on global health, democracy, and humanitarian efforts. Their commitment to public service has been a defining characteristic of their lives.
This year, former President Jimmy Carter also entered hospice care, symbolizing the end of an era for this remarkable couple who have dedicated their lives to serving the nation and the broader global community.
The Carter family has requested privacy during this time and expresses gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they have received.