Jimmy Carter pays tribute to his wife of 77-years Rosalynn after her death at 96 – two days after ex-First Lady entered hospice care suffering from dementia
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Rosalynn Carter has died at the age of 96, the Carter Center announced this afternoon.
The former First Lady and wife of Jimmy Carter passed away day two days after she entered hospice care and six months after she was diagnosed with dementia.
She is survived by her children — Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy — and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A grandson died in 2015.
‘Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,’ President Carter, 99, said this afternoon.
‘She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.’
‘Besides being a loving mother and extraordinary First Lady, my mother was a great humanitarian in her own right,’ said he son Chip Carter.
‘Her life of service and compassion was an example for all Americans. She will be sorely missed not only by our family but by the many people who have better mental health care and access to resources for caregiving today.’
First lady Jill Biden broke the news to service members and their families at a Naval Station Norfolk event.