Former first lady
Former President Jimmy Carter’s wife, who passed away on Sunday at 96, is being honored for her dedication to her family, the country, and philanthropy across the globe. Her spouse of 77 years, 99-year-old ex-President Jimmy Carter, is her sole survivor.
battling a rare form of cancer
The Carter Center announced that she passed away peacefully in her home in Plains, Georgia, with her family by her side. She had been fighting a rare type of cancer.and had recently entered .
Rosalynn Smith, the eldest of four siblings, was born on Aug. 18, 1927 in Plains. She began dating Jimmy Carter at the age of 18 and they tied the knot the following year in 1946.
Jimmy Carter and his family moved to different cities while he was in the Navy, but eventually settled back in Plains to manage their peanut business. During this time, they had three sons and a daughter.
She supported her husband during his political career and served as a trusted advisor to him while they were in the public eye.
In 1970, Jimmy Carter was chosen as the governor of Georgia. Six years later, he ran for the position of president. He was successful in securing the Democratic nomination and ultimately emerged victorious over Republican contender Gerald Ford in the general election.
Following their relocation to the White House, Rosalynn Carter utilized her role as first lady to raise awareness and advocate for improved understanding of mental illness. She also held the position of honorary chairperson for the President’s Commission on Mental Health.
In 1980, President Carter was not reelected and this marked the beginning of a new chapter in the Carters’ lives.
The Carter Center, located in Atlanta, was established with the goal of advocating for peace and resolving conflicts. Additionally, they dedicated many years to Habitat for Humanity, constructing homes for those in need.
The Carter Center staff wrote a tribute after her death, stating that she and her husband, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, were partners in doing good deeds. Together, they traveled the world to promote democracy, resolve conflicts, protect human rights, and eradicate diseases after their time in the White House. Her legacy will continue to inspire us.
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