Former president Jimmy Carter has broken his silence to mourn the passing of his beloved wife, Rosalynn, who died at the age of 96. The Carter Center confirmed the sad news, stating that Rosalynn had entered hospice care before her death. She had been diagnosed with dementia just six months prior.
Rosalynn Carter leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of humanitarian work that is being celebrated and remembered by people across the globe. However, it is her husband’s heartfelt tribute that stands out the most.
According to reports, Rosalynn passed away peacefully at her home in Plains, Georgia on November 19th at 2:10 p.m. The former First Lady served alongside her husband in the White House from 1977 to 1981 and continued her humanitarian endeavors through the Carter Center in the years following.
It has been a challenging year for both Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s health. Earlier this year, Jimmy Carter entered hospice care after declining medical intervention for various health issues. Tragically, Rosalynn joined her husband in hospice care last week due to her dementia diagnosis.
The Carter Center released a statement saying that the couple was spending precious time together with their family and asked for privacy, expressing gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they have received.
Rosalynn Carter returned to her one-story home in Plains, Georgia, less than 48 hours before her passing. She and Jimmy grew up in this town, making it a poignant final resting place for her.
In his emotional statement, the 39th President of the United States described Rosalynn as his “equal partner” in everything he ever achieved. He emphasized her wise guidance and unwavering support, stating, “As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were married in 1946. Despite her husband’s military and political career, Rosalynn remained by his side as his partner. She was an invaluable source of advice and expertise, particularly during his foray into politics.
Rosalynn Carter’s influence and support were felt by her husband every step of the way: “We developed a partnership when we were working in the farm supply business, and it continued when Jimmy got involved in politics,” Rosalynn shared in an interview. “I knew more on paper about the business than he did. He would take my advice about things.”
The loss of Rosalynn Carter is deeply felt, and our thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Rosalynn, and may your legacy continue to inspire generations to come.