Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady of the US and an esteemed champion of women’s rights, mental health, and caregiving, sadly passed away at the age of 96 on 19 November 2023, Sunday at, around 2:10 p.m. at her residence in Plains, Georgia, with family and loved ones around her.
What is the cause of Rosalynn Carter’s death?
According to the Carter Center announcement on Friday, it has been revealed that the first lady was diagnosed with dementia in May. She was in hospice care, and her husband started her home hospice care in February, which was then followed by multiple hospital stays as she was declining in health, which led to her peaceful death at home.
Who was Rosalynn Carter?
Rosalynn Carter was born in August 1927 in Plains, Georgia. She was an activist and writer who served her duties as a first lady of the United States as the wife of former American president Jimmy Carter from the period of 1977 to 1981.
Rosalynn was known for her services as an advocate of mental health programs. She went to Plains High School. Later, in 1946, she graduated from Georgia Southwestern College. Rosalyn had a dream of continuing her studies and becoming an interior designer, but she couldn’t continue her studies as she got attracted by her husband, Jimmy Carter, who was in the US Navy at that time.
Rosalynn married jimmy carter in 1945 when Jimmy was 21 years old and Rosalynn was 18 years old. They were the longest-married presidential couple who shared 77 years of married life together till her death.
Rosalynn’s contribution to Jimmy Carter’s life
In 1970, Rosalynn helped her husband win the governorship of Georgia and campaigned for her husband to become the president of the US In the 1976 election after defeating President Gerald Ford. During Jimmy’s presidency, Rosalynn became her husband’s support system in public policies and social activities. Rosalynn declared that she would not become a traditional first lady and used to sit at cabinet meetings to get fully informed about political and social issues. Rosalynn also attended meetings with foreign and domestic leaders as an envoy of Latin America in 1977, where she represented her husband.
Rosalynn got the title of steel magnolia during her husband’s 1976 presidential campaign, which was a reference to her Southern soft-spoken demeanor.
Rosalynn Carter’s role in mental campaign
Rosalynn dedicated her role as the first lady in the field of mental health and was appointed to the governor’s commission to provide improved services to mentally and emotionally suffering individuals. She also toured across Georgia to identify the services provided for mental health. She put great effort into the mentally disabled children. She served as a volunteer in the Regional hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and also served her duties as the chairperson of the Georgia Special Olympics. Her husband called her an equal partner, and due to her commitment to the betterment of society, she was named by the Times magazine as the second most powerful person in the US.
After Jimmy Carter’s end of his presidential tenure, she played her role as a part of the non-profit Carter Center and the advocate of humanity charity. Her passion for advocacy continued after the white house days, which was profound for those living with mental illness. She dedicated her services to Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving to help families with mental disabilities and illness.
Rosalynn Carter Net worth
Rosalynn was categorized as the richest politician democrat and had a net worth of $10 million.
Rosalynn is survived by her four children, Jack, Jeff, Chip, and Amy, and the services she provided will remain an example for the Americans. She will be greatly missed by people who are now provided with better mental health care and resources for caregiving.
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