PLAINS, GEORGIA—On Sunday, November 19, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter died at age 96. Reports indicate that she entered Hospice care earlier this month. She leaves behind her husband, former President Jimmy Carter whom she married in 1946. He too has been in Hospice care since February. The two served at POTUS and FLOTUS from 1977-1981.

Jimmy Carter, who turned 99 on October 1, spoke fondly of his wife stating, “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” and in reflection stated that, “Marrying Rosalynn was the best thing I ever did.” Rosalyn also leaves behind a daughter Amy Carter, and grandson Hugo Wentzel.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter founded and co-founded, The Carter Center, which according to the website is “a nongovernmental organization guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. Carter Center staff and associates join with President Carter in efforts to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease and other afflictions.”

Rosalynn Carter championed mental health awareness by educating society in a time that people knew very little about mental illness.

The following information came directly from the bio of Rosalynn Carter listed on the Carter Center webpage.

“Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, co-founder of The Carter Center, has worked for more than four decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Today, she is a leading advocate for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution through her work at The Carter Center.”

The 45th First Lady, Melania Trump posted the following tribute to 39th First Lady of the United States in the following statement.

“Rosalyn Carter leaves behind a meaningful legacy not only as First Lady but as a wife and mother. We will always remember her servant’s heart and devotion to her husband, family, and country. May she rest in peace.”

The current First Lady, Dr Jill Biden also left a memorial message on X.

“First Lady Rosalynn Carter walked her own path, inspiring a nation and the world along the way. My love is with the entire Carter family, as they, and we grieve our dearest Rosalynn.”