ATLANTA (Nov. 19, 2023) — Rosalynn Carter, a tireless advocate for mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights and the esteemed former First Lady, peacefully departed this world on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2:10 p.m. Her home in Plains, Georgia, served as the backdrop for her final moments at the age of 96. Surrounded by loved ones, she embraced a tranquil passing.
Mrs. Carter shared a remarkable 77-year marital journey with Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States and the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who, at 99 years old, continues his journey.
President Carter, reflecting on their enduring partnership, 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.”
Survived by her children — Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy — along with 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, Mrs. Carter’s legacy extends through her family. In 2015, the family experienced the loss of a grandson.
Chip Carter, reflecting on his mother’s multifaceted impact, stated, “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.”