Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Dies at Age 96

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter was married to former President Jimmy Carter for 77 years.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a humanitarian and close policy adviser to her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, died at age 96, The Carter Center said in a Nov. 19 statement.

“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” President Carter said. “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.”

Ms. Carter had been married to the former president, who’s 99 years old, for 77 years.

“Besides being a loving mother and extraordinary first lady, my mother was a great humanitarian in her own right,” their son Chip Carter said. “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.”

The Carter Center last week announced that she entered hospice care, having been diagnosed with dementia in May. The former president started home hospice care in February.

President Carter, who was defeated in a landslide by former



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