Rosalynn Carter, former US First Lady and advocate for mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, passed away at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96, surrounded by family. Married for 77 years to the 39th US President Jimmy Carter, who is now 99, she played a crucial role in his accomplishments, according to a statement from The Carter Center.
President Carter expressed, “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished. She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”
Survived by her children, Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy, along with 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, Rosalynn Carter was hailed by her son Chip as a “loving mother” and “extraordinary First Lady” who made significant contributions to mental health care and caregiving resources.
Diagnosed with dementia in May, Rosalynn entered hospice care on November 17. Her passing was acknowledged by First Lady Jill Biden, highlighting her efforts in mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights. President Joe Biden praised the Carter family’s grace, and former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush praised Rosalynn’s legacy in destigmatizing mental health.
The Carters’ enduring partnership and Rosalynn’s advocacy leave behind a remarkable legacy.