Former US first lady Rosalynn Carter, who was known for her tireless work in promoting mental health, has passed away at the age of 96, according to a statement released by the Carter Center. She had been receiving hospice care at her home in Plains, Georgia. Alongside her husband, President Jimmy Carter, she played a prominent role in his administration and continued her advocacy for mental health causes even after leaving the White House.
The Carters were the longest-married presidential couple, having been married since 1946. After President Carter’s single term in office, they continued their work through the Carter Center and the Habitat for Humanity charity. Rosalynn’s dedication to mental health advocacy continued even after her diagnosis with dementia, as she continued to live at home.
President Carter praised his wife, calling her his equal partner in everything he accomplished. She was known for her quiet and unassuming nature before coming to Washington, but she developed into an eloquent speaker and advocate during her time as first lady. President Carter often referred to her as his “closest adviser” and included her in important political discussions.
She was dedicated to mental health causes, pushing for better services for the mentally ill and the passage of a 1980 act that funded local mental health centers. The Carters also worked with the Habitat For Humanity charity, helping build homes for needy families. Their humanitarian efforts were recognized when Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
Rosalynn Carter is survived by her husband, four children, 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her significant contributions to mental health advocacy and her dedication to humanitarian causes.