Draped in a sharp suit and enveloped by a blanket, Jimmy Carter was guided into the memorial service for his beloved wife, Rosalynn, on Tuesday.
Seated prominently at the front, the 99-year-old, currently under hospice care, embarked on the two-and-a-half-hour journey from his Plains, Georgia residence to Atlanta for the occasion. The remains of his wife had been transported to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum a day earlier.
Among the dignitaries present were President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. All former first ladies, including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Melania Trump, and Laura Bush, were invited and attended the somber event, making their entrance into Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on Tuesday afternoon.
In a poignant interview with The Washington Post, Chip Carter, the former president’s son, shared that Jimmy had been by Rosalynn’s side during her final moments.
He expressed that his father had conveyed his love to her and voiced his pride in all the “wonderful things she had done” in her lifetime.
Rosalynn Carter was renowned for her unwavering advocacy for mental health awareness and improved services for the mentally ill. She fervently fought against the stigma surrounding mental health.
On November 18, the day preceding Rosalynn’s passing, Jimmy reportedly sought a moment alone with his wife. Chip suggested that he might have been engaged in prayer with her in their private quarters, where his hospice bed had been arranged foot-to-foot, allowing them to share glances.