Rosalynn Carter, esteemed former First Lady and renowned for her advocacy in mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, passed away at the age of 96.
According to the Carter Center, she died peacefully surrounded by her family at her home in Plains, Georgia, on Sunday, November 19, at 2:10 p.m.
Married for 77 years to Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, Rosalynn Carter was a constant source of support and guidance to her husband throughout his career. President Carter, now 99, fondly remembered her as his “equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” highlighting her invaluable influence and unwavering support in his life and work.
Mrs. Carter leaves behind a loving family, including her children Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy, along with 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The family had previously experienced the loss of a grandson in 2015.
Chip Carter, in his tribute to his mother, described her as “a loving mother and extraordinary First Lady” and emphasized her role as a “great humanitarian.” Her contributions to mental health care and caregiving resources have left an indelible impact on American society, making her a figure of national respect and admiration.
The Carter family will soon release details regarding the memorial events and funeral ceremonies. These will be made available to the media and posted on www.rosalynncartertribute.org. This dedicated website offers a space for official condolences, opportunities for memorial gifts, and features an official biography and downloadable photos to honor the legacy of Rosalynn Carter.
As Georgia mourns the loss of Rosalynn Carter, her life’s work in championing mental health and caregiving initiatives remains a testament to her enduring commitment to service and the betterment of society.