Former first lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96

77 years of marriage to Jimmy Carter
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96

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From 1977 to 1981, Jimmy Carter was the most powerful man in the world. Always at his side: wife Rosalynn Carter. The First Lady wins the hearts of Americans with her commitment to social issues. She died “peacefully surrounded by her family” in her hometown of Plains, Georgia.

The former First Lady of the USA, Rosalynn Carter, is dead. The 96-year-old wife of former President Jimmy Carter died on Sunday afternoon (local time) in her hometown of Plains, Georgia, “peacefully with her family,” according to a foundation family reports. “Rosalynn has been my equal partner in everything I have ever accomplished,” the foundation quoted 99-year-old Jimmy Carter as saying. “As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew that someone loved and supported me.”

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter pose for a wedding photo in 1946.

(Photo: picture alliance / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

In May it became public that Rosalynn Carter was suffering from dementia. The foundation finally announced last Friday that the 96-year-old would be. Jimmy Carter has also been receiving palliative care at home with his family since mid-February.

Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter married in 1946 – the couple has four children. The former first lady campaigned for social issues and wrote several books. She is said to have had significant influence on policy in the White House during her husband’s presidency.

The Democratic politician from the state of Georgia in the southern United States was US President from 1977 to 1981, until he was replaced by the Republican Ronald Reagan. He is the oldest living former US president. In the winter, the couple’s foundation made it public that the ex-president wanted to do more after a series of hospital stays. In September, he surprised his hometown with a public appearance at a local Plains Peanut Parade. Carter and his wife Rosalynn appeared in a dark limousine.

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