(ReliableNews.org) – Rosalynn Carter is widely regarded as one of the kindest first ladies to ever live in the White House. She and former President Jimmy Carter were married to one another for nearly 80 years. Sadly, she has now passed away.
On November 19, The Carter Foundation announced the former FLOTUS’ death. She died in her home in Plains, Georgia, on that day. News of her death came just two days after America learned she’d entered hospice care, and about six months after her family shared that she was diagnosed with dementia. Mrs. Carter was 96 years old when she died.
President Carter said his wife was his “equal partner in everything [he] ever accomplished.” He said she gave him “wise guidance and encouragement” and that he knew that as long as she “was in the world,” he knew that “somebody loved and supported” him.
Mrs. Carter was an extraordinary woman and more than just President Carter’s wife. She was born in Plains in 1927. After graduating high school, she attended Georgia Southwestern College at Americus. She married the 39th president in 1946, and a few years later, she began working full-time, managing accounts of the peanut, fertilizer, and seed enterprise business Mr. Carter’s father left to him when he died.
In 1962, her husband entered politics and won a seat in the Georgia Senate. He went on to win a race for governor and then later became president. During her tenure as first lady, she focused her attention on the performing arts, intent on making the American people appreciate it. She also helped those with mental health, wanting to eliminate the stigma.
After serving in the White House, she went on to promote human rights in 65 counties and help build houses for Habitat for Humanity with her husband. She’s survived by her three children, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
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