Tributes poured in for former first woman, spouse of former President Jimmy Carter, after she died on Sunday on the age of 96.
“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” former President Carter stated in an announcement. “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 former first woman had beenearlier this yr. She continued to dwell along with her husband in Plains, Georgia, and entered final week, her household stated.
President Biden and first woman Jill Biden shared a joint assertion mourning the loss of life of Rosalynn Carter.
“First Lady Rosalynn Carter walked her own path, inspiring a nation and the world along the way,” the Bidens stated. “Throughout her incredible life as First Lady of Georgia and the First Lady of the United States, Rosalynn did so much to address many of society’s greatest needs. She was a champion for equal rights and opportunities for women and girls; an advocate for mental health and wellness for every person; and a supporter of the often unseen and uncompensated caregivers of our children, aging loved ones, and people with disabilities.”
Jill Biden had earlier shared the information of Rosalynn Carter’s loss of life whereas at a Sunday occasion at Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia.
“She was well known for her efforts on mental health and caregiving and women’s rights,” she stated.
Vice President Kamala Harris additionally spotlighted Carter’s work bringing the “issue of mental health out from the shadows into the national spotlight.”
“After leaving the White House, Mrs. Carter continued to serve our nation and the world—in particular, through her leadership of the Carter Center, which she founded with President Jimmy Carter to promote peace, improve public health, and support freedom and democracy around the globe,” Harris stated in an announcement.
Former President Donald Trump took to social media to pay tribute to Rosalynn Carter. Trump remembered the previous first woman as “a great humanitarian” and “a champion for mental health.”
“Over a life spanning nearly a century, Rosalynn Carter earned the admiration and gratitude of our entire nation,” Trump stated. “From her days as a U.S. Navy spouse, to the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, to her tenure as First Lady of the United States, and her later work at the Carter Center and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, she leaves behind a legacy of extraordinary accomplishment and national service.”
Former first woman Melania Trump additionally remembered Rosalynn Carter in a publish on X, the platform previously referred to as Twitter.
“Rosalynn Carter leaves behind a meaningful legacy not only as First Lady but as a wife and mother,” she wrote. “We will always remember her servant’s heart and devotion to her husband, family, and country. May she rest in peace.”
Former President Barack Obama wrote on social media, “Rosalynn Carter’s life is a reminder that no matter who we are, our legacies are best measured not in awards or accolades, but in the lives we touch. We send our thoughts and prayers to Jimmy and the entire Carter family during this difficult time.”
Former first woman Michelle Obama regarded again on her conferences with Rosalynn Carter.
“Guided by her abiding faith and her commitment to service, Mrs. Carter used her platform in profoundly meaningful ways,” Michelle Obama stated in an announcement. “Her groundbreaking work to combat the stigma faced by those struggling with their mental health brought light to so many suffering in silence. She advocated for better care for the elderly. She advanced women’s rights. And she remained a champion for those causes – and many others like building affordable housing for those in need and caring for our nation’s caregivers – in the more than four decades that followed.”
In a joint assertion, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton additionally highlighted Rosalynn Carter’s work on psychological well being.
“Rosalynn Carter was a compassionate and committed champion for human dignity everywhere,” the Clintons stated. “Throughout her long, remarkable life, she was an unwavering voice for the overlooked and underrepresented. Thanks to her mental health advocacy, more people live with better care and less stigma. Because of her early leadership and childhood immunization, millions of Americans have grown up healthier.”
Rosalynn Carter was mourned by individuals on either side of the political aisle.
“First Lady Rosalynn Carter dedicated her life to serving others,” Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated in a social media publish. “America has lost a passionate humanitarian and champion for people all over the world. My heart goes out to her entire family.”
Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on X honored the previous first woman’s “love of service.”
“With the passing of Rosalynn Carter, our nation lost not only a former First Lady but we also lost a love story that inspired us all,” Hutchinson wrote. “Jimmy and Rosalynn were a team in service to our country during and after the presidency. Rosalynn’s support of mental health services and awareness is a reminder to us all that the challenge of mental illness is still a great need.”
The U.S. Secret Service additionally paid tribute to the previous first woman.
“Your compassion, diplomacy and penchant to make society better for those less fortunate was an inspiration for an entire generation,” the company stated. “It has been our honor to protect and serve you for all of these years. You were truly a treasure for our nation and our Secret Service family.”
The volunteer group, with which the Carters had labored carefully because the Eighties, mourned Rosalynn Carter’s loss of life.
“We are deeply saddened to learn that Rosalynn Carter has died,” Habitat for Humanity posted on social media. “She was a compassionate and dedicated champion of #HabitatforHumanity and labored fiercely to assist households all over the world. #HonoringMrsCarter“
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi additionally remembered the couple’s work with Habitat for Humanity.
“Together, through their Carter Center and involvement in Habitat for Humanity, President and First Lady Carter have offered a beacon of light to every corner of the world,” she stated in an announcement. “Their beautiful love and partnership was truly a wonder for all to behold. May it be a comfort to President Carter, their children Jack, Chip, Jeff and Amy, their many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and all of her loved ones that so many all over the globe are praying for them at this sad time.”
“She and President Carter were an outstanding example of love and devotion to one another, and to others through their years of public service and extraordinary charitable works,” House Speaker Mike Johnson stated.
Jimmy Carter served as president from 1977 to 1981. He and Rosalynn Carter had been the longest-married presidential couple.