PLAINS, GEORGIA: Jimmy Carter, the 99-year-old former president, paid tribute to his late wife, Rosalynn Carter, 96, in a statement released by the Carter Center on November 19.
“Rosalynn has been my full partner in everything I have accomplished. She has given me sound advice and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew that someone loved me and supported me,” the former president said.
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The couple was married for 77 years and lived together in their Georgia home, where both entered hospice care. The former first lady is survived by her husband, four children, 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, according to the Daily Mail.
Chip Carter remembers his mother
“In addition to being a loving mother and an extraordinary First Lady, my mother was a great humanitarian herself,” said Rosalynn’s son Chip.
“Her life of service and compassion was an example to all Americans. She will be greatly missed not only by our family, but also by the many people who today benefit from better mental health care and access to resources for provide care.”
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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden express their tribute
While attending a holiday meal with service members at a Virginia naval base, Jill Biden announced: “Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has just passed away. She was well known for her efforts in mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, and so I hope that during the holidays you will include the Carter family in your prayers. »
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President Joe Biden remembered Rosalynn Carter as a lady of great integrity, ABC News reported.
In a joint statement, the Bidens said: “First Lady Rosalynn Carter walked her own path, inspiring a nation and the world along the way. »
“The deep love shared between Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter is the definition of partnership, and their humble leadership is the definition of patriotism. She lived her life according to her faith.”
“On behalf of a grateful nation, we send our love to President Carter, the entire Carter family, and the countless people across our country and around the world whose lives are better, fuller, and brighter because of life and to the legacy of Rosalynn Carter,” they added.
Rosalynn Carter fondly remembers former first couples
Highlighting Rosalynn’s role as an advocate for diverse progressive rights, Michelle Obama wrote on Facebook: “Her groundbreaking work to combat the stigma faced by those struggling with their mental health has brought to light so much silent suffering . »
“She advocated for better care for the elderly. She advanced women’s rights. And she remained a champion of these causes – and many others like building affordable housing for those who need it and the care of our nation’s caregivers – over the more than four decades since,” the post continued.
Posting on behalf of her husband, former President Barack Obama, and herself, Michelle wrote on X: “Today, Barack and I join the world in celebrating the remarkable legacy of a First Lady , a philanthropist and activist who dedicated her life to challenging others. Her life reminds us that no matter who we are, our legacy is best measured not in awards or accolades, but in the lives we touch. We send our thoughts and prayers to Jimmy and the entire Carter family during this difficult time.”
Former President George W Bush and his wife Laura called Rosalynn a “dignified and strong woman”, saying: “There was no greater defender of President Carter, and their partnership set a wonderful example of loyalty and of loyalty. She leaves behind an important legacy. in her work to destigmatize mental health.
A statement from Bill and Hillary Clinton read: “Throughout her long and remarkable life, she was an unwavering voice for the overlooked and underrepresented. Through her advocacy for mental health, more people are living with better care and less stigma. »
“Thanks to her early leadership in childhood immunizations, millions of Americans grew up healthier. And through her decades of work at the Carter Center and with Habitat for Humanity, she spread hope, health and democracy around the world.”
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