Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Renowned Humanitarian and Activist, Passes Away at Age 96
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, known for her global humanitarian efforts and activism, has passed away at 96. She was a dedicated advocate for mental health and democracy promotion.
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, known for her influential role as a global humanitarian and her activism as first lady, has passed away at the age of 96. The Carter Center announced her death on Sunday, noting that she had been living with dementia and experiencing declining health in recent months. Carter was married to former President Jimmy Carter for over 77 years and was described as his closest adviser and "co-president" by White House aides. She sat in on Cabinet meetings, spoke out on controversial issues, and represented her husband on foreign trips, making her a unique and influential first lady.
Rest in peace, former First Lady Rosalyn Carter. What a life well lived in service to others. pic.twitter.com/WpPrcVT67s— Brandon Presley (@BrandonPresley) November 19, 2023
Despite her outwardly shy demeanor, Carter was known for her fierce loyalty, compassion, and political instincts, earning her the nickname "the Steel Magnolia" from Washington reporters. Throughout her husband's political career, she focused on mental health and advocate for the elderly, testifying before a Senate subcommittee and serving as honorary chairwoman of the President's Commission on Mental Health. After leaving the White House, Carter and her husband co-founded The Carter Center, where she continued her work in mental health, public health, and democracy promotion.
They also engaged in humanitarian missions, building homes with Habitat for Humanity and promoting public health across the developing world. Despite her husband's battle with cancer and declining health, Carter remained by his side, providing support and guidance. She will be remembered for her dedication to public service, her advocacy work, and her role as an influential first lady.