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Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady and wife of ex-President Jimmy Carter, passed away at the age of 96 on Sunday afternoon.
The Carter Center announced her passing, which occurred at her home in Plains, Georgia, following her entry into hospice care two days prior. In a statement, President Carter said, “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.”
The Carters, who celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary in July, held the record for the longest marriage of any first couple in US history. Their son, Chip Carter, remembered his mother as a “loving mother and extraordinary First Lady,” highlighting her significant contributions as a humanitarian.
She is survived by her four children, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. The Carter Center will release details about her memorial and funeral services soon.
Jason Carter, chair of The Carter Center’s Board of Trustees and Rosalynn Carter’s grandson, honored her legacy, stating, “One of the greatest legacies she leaves behind is The Carter Center, and her work there would not have been possible without you.” Born Rosalynn Smith on August 18, 1927, in Plains, Georgia, she met Jimmy Carter at 17 and famously said after their first date, “She’s the girl I want to marry.”