Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, 96, passed away yesterday at her home in Plains, Georgia, after her monthslong battle with dementia.
She’s survived by her husband 99-year-old Jimmy Carter, their four children, and many more. Upon his wife’s passing, the former president praised her as his equal partner who provided him with wise guidance and encouragement. The Carters celebrated 77 years of marriage and hold the record for the longest-married presidential couple in U.S. history.
Nicknamed the “Steel Magnolia” by the press, Rosalynn was an active part of her husband’s administration. She served as an envoy to Latin America. But she’s also been a large supporter of a long list of causes, including mental health resources and Habitat for Humanity.
President Joe Biden praised the Carter family to the press yesterday, saying they had “great integrity.” The First Lady expressed her condolences and encouraged Americans to keep the Carters in their prayers.