Passing of Rosalynn Carter: Former First Lady Departs at 96

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Atlanta, November 19, 2023 — Rosalynn Carter, the ex-First Lady known for her fervent advocacy for mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, peacefully departed this life on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. at her residence in Plains, Georgia. She was 96 years old, surrounded by her family during her final moments.



For 77 years, Mrs. Carter was wed to Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, who is currently 99 years old.

President Carter expressed, “Rosalynn was my equal companion in all my achievements. She provided me with wise counsel and encouragement when I needed it. With Rosalynn in the world, I always had the assurance that someone loved and stood by me.”



Her surviving family includes her children — Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy — along with 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Unfortunately, a grandson passed away in 2015.

Chip Carter remarked, “In addition to being a devoted mother and exceptional First Lady, my mother was a remarkable humanitarian in her own regard. Her life of dedication and compassion served as an inspiration for all Americans. Her absence will be deeply felt, not just by our family but by the numerous individuals who now benefit from improved mental health care and enhanced resources for caregiving.”