ATLANTA — November 19, 2023 The nation was shocked to learn that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a steadfast supporter of women’s rights, mental health, and caregiving, had quietly passed away at the age of 96 on Sunday, Nov. 19, in her Plains, Georgia, home. At 2:10 p.m., the news was verified while her family was present.

With her husband Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, as her pillar of support, Mrs. Carter had been wed for an astounding 77 years. The 99-year-old President Carter said of their lasting friendship, “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished.” When I needed it, she offered me great advice and support. Rosalynn’s presence in the world ensured that I always had love and support from someone.

Leaving behind a legacy of 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, Mrs. Carter’s influence on American society went well beyond her position as the First Lady. She was survived by her children, Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy. The loss of a grandson in 2015 complicated the family’s journey with further pain.

Chip Carter emphasized Mrs. Carter’s dedication to service and compassion by saying, “My mother was a great humanitarian in her own right, in addition to being a loving mother and extraordinary First Lady.” “All Americans may learn from her life of kindness and service. Not only will our family mourn her dearly, but so will the many others who now have access to resources for caregiving and improved mental health treatment.”

While the country grieves the passing of a magnificent person, Mrs. Carter leaves an enduring legacy as a trailblazer for women’s rights and mental health awareness in the annals of history. Her demise signifies the end of an era and leaves a legacy that will influence the coming years.