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Rosalynn Carter Obituary: In Loving Memory of American Writer

Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter

It is with great sadness we announce that Rosalynn Carter, an American writer, an activist who served as the first lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and and humanitarian who championed mental health care provided constant political counsel to her husband, former President Jimmy Carter passed away. In this post, you will get all the information related to her death.

When Did Rosalynn Carter Die?

At the age of 96, Rosalynn Carter passed away on November 19, 2023 just two days after she entered hospice care at the couple’s home in Plains, Georgia.

The Carter Center disclosed that she passed away peacefully with family by her side. The Carter Center announced that the services for Rosalynn will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Below you will get other updates related to Rosalynn Carter.

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A Look at the Early Years of Remarkable “First Lady”

Rosalynn Smith was born on August 18, 1927, in Plains, Georgia. She was the oldest of four children. Her parents were Wilburn Edgar Smith, who worked as an auto mechanic, bus driver, and farmer, and Frances Allethea “Allie” Murray Smith, who was a teacher, dressmaker and postal worker.

Rosalynn had two brothers, William Jerrold “Jerry” Smith and Murray Lee Smith and a sister named Lillian Allethea (Smith) Wall. Rosalynn’s family struggled financially, but she didn’t realize it because many families in her community faced similar challenges.

Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn played with boys since there were no girls her age on her street. She had a strong interest in buildings and airplanes and dreamed of becoming an architect. When Rosalynn was thirteen, her father passed away from leukemia, marking the end of her childhood.

After his death, she helped her mother raise her younger siblings and contributed to the family’s dressmaking business to make ends meet. Rosalynn credited her mother with teaching her independence and the importance of doing what needs to be done.

Despite financial difficulties, Rosalynn worked hard in high school to fulfill her father’s dream of seeing her go to college. She graduated as the second-highest-ranking student from Plains High School. Following high school, she attended Georgia Southwestern College and graduated in 1946.

How Did Rosalynn Carter Support Her Husband?

Throughout many years of helping people, she was well-known for supporting women’s rights and mental health. She grew up in Plains, Georgia and did really well in high school becoming the top student. After that, she went to Georgia Southwestern College and finished in 1946.

She liked her husband from the start, especially when she saw a picture of him in his U.S. Naval Academy uniform. They got married in 1946. When her husband became the governor of Georgia in 1970, she helped him and when she was the first lady of the state, she focused on mental health.

She supported her husband when he ran for president in 1976 and won, beating the current president, Gerald Ford. During her husband’s time as president, she was active in politics but didn’t want to be a typical first lady.

Rosalynn Carter

She attended meetings to stay informed and represented her husband in talks with leaders from different countries. Even after they left the White House in 1981, she kept working for mental health and other important causes.

She wrote books and with her husband helped a nonprofit organization called “Habitat for Humanity”. She lived a long life, being the second-longest-lived first lady and she was the first lady who was married the longest. In 1999, both she and her husband received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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