Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter passed away on Sunday at the age of 96 in her hometown of Plains, Georgia. She died peacefully with her family by her side, leaving behind a legacy of advocacy and dedication to her family and the nation.
Rosalynn was the wife of former President Jimmy Carter, who praised her as his equal partner in all of his accomplishments. He said that as long as she was in the world, he always knew that someone loved and supported him. The couple married in 1946 and have four children.
It was revealed in May that Rosalynn Carter was suffering from dementia, and it was announced last Friday that she was receiving palliative care at home. Jimmy Carter has also been receiving palliative care at home with his family since mid-February. Rosalynn had a significant influence on policy in the White House during her husband’s presidency and campaigned for social issues and wrote several books.
Jimmy Carter served as the US President from 1977 to 1981 and is the oldest living former US president. He made it public in the winter that he no longer wanted to take any further medical steps after a series of hospital stays. In September, he made a surprise public appearance at a peanut parade in his hometown of Plains, Georgia with his wife, showing their dedication to their community even in their later years.
Rosalynn Carter’s passing will be deeply felt by many who knew her and admired her work, but her legacy will live on through those she inspired to continue fighting for social justice and equality.