Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Passes Away at 96

Rosalynn Carter, the wife of former President Jimmy Carter, died on Sunday in her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96. She was said to have been surrounded by her family.

President Carter, 99, said in a statement, “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.”

Then-first lady Michelle Obama and former first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter together in Dallas on April 25, 2013. (Photo – Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The former First Lady was known for her transformative role as the President’s wife, being the first presidential spouse to set up an office in the East Wing and hire a full staff. She was an advocate for human rights and mental health improvements, traveling the world to spread her message.