November 19th 2023.
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of former first lady Rosalynn Carter. She passed away at the age of 96, after a long battle with dementia and declining health.
Rosalynn Carter was a devoted mental health campaigner and human rights advocate, and she was an inspirational force in the world of politics for decades. Her iron will and soft Southern accent earned her the nickname 'the Steel Magnolia'.
Carter was the wife of former president Jimmy Carter, and they shared a long and loving relationship of 77 years. Together they had four children: Amy, James, Donnel, and Jack.
In 2003, Rosalynn Carter spoke at a mental health symposium, saying: “Twenty-five years ago, we did not dream that people might someday be able actually to recover from mental illnesses. For one who has worked on mental health issues as long as I have, this is a miraculous development and an answer to my prayers.”
Her husband Jimmy said of her: “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished. 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.”
Rosalynn Carter passed away peacefully, with family by her side, at 2.10pm at her home in Plains, south Georgia. We will remember her for her compassion, courage, and dedication to mental health and human rights, and for her legacy as a remarkable first lady.
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