Rosalynn Carter, the former first lady known for her work on mental health reform and professionalizing the role of the president’s spouse, passed away peacefully at the age of 96. She died in her home in Plains, Georgia with her family by her side, as reported by the Carter Center.
Rosalynn Carter was a trailblazer who made significant contributions to mental health care and policy throughout her life. She advocated for increased funding and resources for mental health programs and worked to reduce stigma associated with mental illness.
Former President Jimmy Carter mourned his wife’s passing and expressed gratitude for her unwavering support throughout his life. He referred to Rosalynn Carter as his equal partner who provided wise guidance and encouragement.
The Carter Center had announced on Friday that Rosalynn Carter had entered hospice care after being diagnosed with dementia in May. Her husband started receiving home hospice care in February 2023 after a series of hospital stays. The details of her final resting place have not been disclosed yet, but it is certain that she will be deeply missed by all those who knew her.