Rosalynn Carter death: Jimmy Carter leads tributes to former first lady

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in Hospice

Rosalynn Carter, the wife of former president Jimmy Carter’s wife, died at the age of 96 on Sunday.

The Carter Center announced the former first lady’s death two days after she entered hospice care at the couple’s home in Plains, Georgia. Rosalynn leaves behind her husband, four children, 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a legacy of mental health advocacy.

Jimmy Carter, 99, who is also in hospice care, paid tribute to his wife in the Carter Center statement, saying: “Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished.

“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.”

The couple’s son Chip Carter said: “Besides being a loving mother and extraordinary First Lady, my mother was a great humanitarian in her own right. Her life of service and compassion was an example for all Americans.”


Rosalynn Carter dies, aged 96

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter dies, aged 96

John Bowden19 November 2023 22:21


Rosalynn Carter: Advocate for Jimmy Carter and many others, always leveraging her love of politics

The Washington chattering class, often unsure what to make of outsiders, dubbed Rosalynn Carter the “Steel Magnolia” when she arrived as first lady.

A devout Baptist and mother of four, she was diminutive and outwardly shy, with a soft smile and softer Southern accent. That was the “magnolia.” She also was a force behind Jimmy Carter’s rise from peanut farmer to winner of the 1976 presidential election. That was the “steel.”

Yet that obvious, even trite moniker almost certainly undersold her role and impact across the Carters’ early life, their one White House term and their four decades afterward as global humanitarians advocating peace, democracy and the eradication of disease.

Through more than 77 years of marriage, until her death Sunday at the age of 96, Rosalynn Carter was business and political partner, best friend and closest confidant to the 39th president.

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John Bowden19 November 2023 23:00


Chris Christie is first 2024 GOP candidate to speak about Rosalynn Carter

Former New Jersey Gov Chris Christie offered compassionate praise of the former first lady on Sunday, and was the only Republican 2024 candidate to have done so when his statement hit Twitter.

“Our prayers go out to the Carter family on the passing of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. She was a role model for selfless public service & the Carter marriage was an example of a true loving partnership. Mary Pat & I pray for her, President Carter and their entire family.”

Donald Trump’s wife Melania, also a former first lady, had issued a statement but her husband’s Truth Social feed remained quiet.

John Bowden19 November 2023 22:37


More tributes from Democrats pour in

The former first lady, Rosalynn Carter, and her husband Jimmy have long held a special place of honour for Americans and particularly Democrats. The pair’s dedication to causes like Habitat for Humanity endeared them to millions of Americans.

Members of the House Democratic caucus expressed their sorrow on Twitter after news of her death broke on Sunday.

John Bowden19 November 2023 22:00


Melania Trump comments on death of fellow former first lady

Former first lady Melania Trump was among the Republicans who joined in commemorating the life of Rosalynn Carter on Sunday.

“Rosalynn Carter leaves behind a meaningful legacy not only as First Lady but as a wife and mother. We will always remember her servant’s heart and devotion to her husband, family, and country. May she rest in peace,” wrote Ms Trump.

Her husband had not posted a similar statement more than thirty minutes later.

John Bowden19 November 2023 21:38


House Democratic leader hails Carter for life of ‘service and compassion’

New York Rep Hakeem Jeffries, the leader of the House Democratic caucus, joined the tributes to Rosalynn Carter on Sunday with a prayer for the former president’s family.

John Bowden19 November 2023 21:20


Chuck Schumer: Carter was a ‘passionate humanitarian’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer touched on the former first lady’s long legacy of service — even after her husband left the presidency — in his tribute on Sunday.

John Bowden19 November 2023 21:03


Politicians react to Rosalynn Carter’s death

Both Republicans and Democrats were quick to offer their condolences to the Carter family on Sunday after news of her death was announced.

Chuck Grassley, a GOP senator from Iowa, was one of the first: “Sad news w the passing of First Lady Rosalynn Carter She was an accomplished leader for mental health advocacy & habitat for humanity & so many more worthy causes,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

“Her devotion to her husband Pres Jimmy Carter of 77yrs is unmatched,” the senator continued. “God bless the Carter family.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, was another:

John Bowden19 November 2023 20:52


Full Carter Center statement

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a passionate champion of mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2:10 p.m. at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96. She died peacefully, with family by her side.

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

“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” President Carter said. “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.”

She is survived by her children — Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy — and 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A grandson died in 2015.

“Besides being a loving mother and extraordinary First Lady, my mother was a great humanitarian in her own right,” said 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.”

The schedule of memorial events and funeral ceremonies will be distributed as soon as possible to media and posted on This tribute website includes the family’s official online condolence book and opportunities for memorial gifts, as well as an official biography and downloadable photos.

Megan Sheets19 November 2023 20:36


Rosalynn Carter hailed by family after death at 96

Rosalynn Carter’s family, including husband Jimmy and son Chip, paid tribute to the former first lady in a Carter Center statement announcing her death on Sunday.

Megan Sheets19 November 2023 20:33


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