November 19, 2023

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter dead at 96



We are all saddened by the death of the former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. We lost someone who was the epitome of grace. Rosalynn Carter was a loving and devoted wife to President Jimmy Carter. Her death at age 96 ends an eventful life as an advocate for good mental health and support for carers. 

Before her time in the White House, Rosalynn Carter worked alongside her husband in his various political roles, including his tenure as Governor of Georgia. She was known for her involvement in policy discussions and her commitment to public service.

Rosalynn played a significant role during her husband's presidency, actively engaging in various social and political issues. She focused on mental health advocacy, raising awareness, and working to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders. In 1982, she co-founded The Carter Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting human rights, democracy, and public health worldwide.

She worked with her husband in Habitat For Humanity, a nonprofit housing organization that empowers people in the world’s poorest communities to overcome the chronic lack of decent housing.  A charity that built houses around the world for people with low income.  Her marriage was one of deep love and an equal partnership.  They lived a simple life after leaving the White House, even teaching Sunday school.  Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter exemplify how politics doesn’t have to corrupt and harden people.

"Democrats Abroad mourns the loss of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. A transformative First Lady, President Jimmy Carter called her “an equal partner in everything I ever accomplished”. Mrs Carter served as an envoy abroad and a political surrogate to her husband. They co-founded The Carter Center, a nonprofit devoted to advancing human rights and alleviating human suffering.
We honor her memory, and our thoughts go out to President Carter, her husband of 75 years, and their family." -- Martha McDevitt-Pugh, Democrats Abroad International Chair.

"I’m truly saddened to hear of the passing of Rosalynn Carter, a woman of remarkable strength, compassion, and dedication. As First Lady and throughout her life, she tirelessly advocated for mental health, human rights, and the well-being of families. Her legacy of service, empathy, and advocacy leaves an indelible mark on our nation and the world. Her passing is a profound loss, and our thoughts are with the Carter family during this difficult time. Her spirit and contributions will continue to inspire us in our ongoing efforts for a more equitable and compassionate society." - Steve Nardi, Democrats Abroad International Vice-Chair.

Rosalynn Carter is survived by her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, and their four children: Jack, James Earl III, Donnel, Amy, and their 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.