Rosalynn Carter Obituary – Death: Wife of Jimmy Carter and former US first lady Has Passed Away At 96, Cause Of Death
Rosalynn Carter, the beloved wife of the 39th president, Jimmy Carter, has passed away at their Georgia home at the age of 96.
Renowned for her advocacy in mental health, Mrs. Carter was diagnosed with dementia in May. Recently, her family shared that she had entered hospice care at their home, joining her husband, who has been in hospice care since February, choosing to forego further medical intervention.
In a statement from the Carter Center, Jimmy Carter expressed, “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.”
Mrs. Carter peacefully passed away at 2:10 pm ET on Sunday, with her family by her side. A tribute book is open at www.rosalynncartertribute.org.
Their middle son, Chip Carter, reflected, “Besides being a loving mother and extraordinary first lady, my mother was a great humanitarian in her own right. 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.”
Born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith in August 1927 in Plains, Georgia, Mrs. Carter played a crucial role throughout her husband’s political career. Beyond her support as the first lady, she carved her own path as a mental health advocate and social justice activist. In 1987, she founded the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers, remaining actively involved even in her later years.
The couple, known for their commitment to Habitat for Humanity, contributed significantly to the Carter Work Project and frequently engaged in hands-on construction volunteering.
Their enduring love, lasting 75 years until her passing, produced four children—Jack, Chip, James, and Amy. The Carters celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 2021, marking a milestone in a life devoted to service, advocacy, and unwavering commitment to each other.