Rosalyn Carter, wife of former US President Jimmy Carter, died on Sunday at the age of 96.
Former First Lady of the United States Rosalyn Carter, 96, died this Sunday, November 19, at her home with her husband, Jimmy Carter, at the end of her life, the Carter Center announced.
“He passed away peacefully with his family by his side,” said the foundation that manages Jimmy Carter’s image and political legacy, in palliative care since Friday at the couple’s home in Plains, Georgia. In a press release.
“Rosalyn has been my equal partner in everything I’ve accomplished,” the former Democratic president was quoted as saying in the speech. “She gave me great advice and always encouraged me. As long as Rosalyn was with us, I knew someone loved and supported me.”
The 99-year-old former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been undergoing palliative care since February.
He was the oldest former US president in history, serving in the White House from 1977 to 1981, for one term. Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter were married in 1946.
Commitment to human rights
Throughout Jimmy Carter’s long political career, his wife was central to his campaigns. Once in the White House, from 1977 to 1981, Rosalyn Carter stood out for her willingness to get involved in politics.
“He attended cabinet meetings and major conferences, frequently represented the chief executive at functions, and served as the president’s personal envoy to Latin American countries,” according to the White House website.
Rosalyn Carter was also noted for her work after leaving the White House. Along with her husband, she championed human rights, democracy and health issues around the world while maintaining a remarkably low-key public image.
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