Former First Lady of the United States, Rosalynn Carter, died at the age of 96, Sunday, at her home, alongside her husband, Jimmy Carter, who was himself at the end of his life, the Carter Center announced.
• Read also: Former First Lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter enters a nursing home
• Read also: Jimmy Carter and his wife spotted at a festival in Georgia
• Read also: Jimmy Carter and his wife live their last moments
The foundation that manages the image and legacy of the politician in Plains, Georgia (southeastern United States) said that she had been receiving palliative care since Friday and “passed away peacefully with her family by her side” at the couple’s home in Plains, Georgia (southeastern United States). Jimmy Carter in a press release.
“Rosalyn has been my equal partner in everything I have accomplished,” the former Democratic president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate said.
“She gave me great advice and always encouraged me. As long as Rosalynn was with us, I knew there was someone to love and support me,” added the former Democratic president, who is 99 and has been in palliative care since February.
In the White House from 1977 to 1981, for one term, Jimmy Carter is the oldest former US president in history.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter married in 1946. Throughout Jimmy Carter’s long political career, his wife was central to his election campaigns.
Once in the White House, from 1977 to 1981, Rosalynn Carter stood out for her willingness to get involved in politics.
According to the White House website, she attended key Cabinet meetings and briefings, frequently represented the CEO at ceremonies, and served as the president’s personal envoy to Latin American countries.
Other White House occupants paid tribute to the former first lady on Sunday.
“In the midst of campaigning, and in the darkness of devastating loss, we have always felt the hope, warmth and optimism of Rosalynn Carter,” President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden said in a statement, noting that the Carter family’s “deep love” was “the definition of partnership.”
Former first ladies Michelle Obama and Melania Trump paid tribute to Mrs. Carter’s legacy.
“When our family was in the White House, Rosalynn would often join me for lunch, offering advice and always lending a helping hand,” Michelle Obama said.
Melania Trump welcomed, saying, “We will always remember her helpful heart and dedication to her husband, her family, and her country.”
According to the Carter Center, the former first lady has four children, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren, after losing her grandson in 2015.
“In addition to being a loving mother and extraordinary first lady, my mother was a great humanitarian in her own right,” her son, Chip, said in a Carter Center statement.
Rosalynn Carter got notice for the work she did after leaving the White House.
With her husband, she advocated for human rights, democracy, and health issues around the world, while maintaining a low-key public image.