Former first woman Rosalynn Carter died on Sunday at her dwelling at 96 years previous, the Carter Center introduced.
“She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it,” former President Jimmy Carter stated in an announcement. “As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”
In May, the Carter Center introduced that Rosalynn was residing with dementia. Last week, she joined her husband in hospice care at their Plains, Georgia, home. Former President Carter determined to spend his remaining time at dwelling after a number of brief hospital stays, the Carter Center introduced in February.
The Carter Center stated she “died peacefully, with family by her side.”
The Carters had been married for 77 years, making them the longest-married presidential couple.
“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” President Carter stated.
The Carters had 4 youngsters collectively, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Their son Chip Carter stated Rosalynn was “a loving mother and extraordinary first lady.”
“My mother was a great humanitarian in her own right,” Chip Carter added. “Her life of service and compassion was an example for all Americans. She will be sorely missed not only by our family but by the many people who have better mental health care and access to resources for caregiving today.”
They had been each initially from Plains, Georgia, and began courting when she was 17 and a pupil at Georgia Southwestern University. Jimmy Carter reportedly advised his mom that he had met his future spouse after their first date.
They had a powerful bond and partnership, with the previous president saying in a 2015 interview, “The best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn. That’s the pinnacle of my life.”
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