Former first lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96

The former first lady is remembered for much of her humanitarian work throughout her life.

Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady and tireless humanitarian, has passed away at the age of 96.

She devoted herself to various social causes, including health care resources, human rights, social justice, and the needs of elderly people.


Driving the news: Rosalynn Carter was known for her political shrewdness and keen electoral instincts, as well as her work on behalf of the White House, including serving as an envoy to Latin America.

  • She advocated for mental health issues and played a crucial role in advancing mental health care, stating that recovery from mental illnesses is now a real possibility.
  • Rosalynn Carter was diagnosed with dementia in late May, but continued to live happily at home with her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, until her passing.

What they’re saying: “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” President Carter said in a statement. “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.” 

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