Former first lady of the United States, Rosalynn Carter, a tireless advocate for mental health and humanitarian causes, passed away at 96 in her Plains, Georgia home, as confirmed by the Carter Center.
Married to the 39th president, Jimmy Carter, for 77 years, she played a pivotal role in his political career, transforming the first lady role into a full-time job in 1976. Carter’s impact extended globally as she championed mental health care, lobbied for the Equal Rights Amendment, and advocated for immunizations.
In 1982, the Carters founded the Carter Center, a non-profit dedicated to human rights, disease prevention, and mental health. Even post-presidency, they remained active, notably supporting Habitat for Humanity.
Rosalynn Carter, diagnosed with dementia in May, entered hospice care on Friday. Her enduring legacy includes the Mental Health program at the Carter Center and Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. Recognized for their commitment to service, the Carters’ post-presidential achievements overshadow their time in the White House.
Rosalynn Carter’s compassion, dedication, and impact on mental health reform leave an indelible mark on the nation and the world, reflecting a life devoted to making a positive impact.