Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the wife of former President Jimmy Carter, passed away on Sunday at the age of 96. Following the news of her death, leaders in Georgia and former presidents expressed their gratitude for her service.
Politicians and activists fondly remembered Rosalynn Carter for her public service, particularly her efforts with Habitat for Humanity and her advocacy for mental health.
In a statement, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary Hillary Clinton described Carter as a “compassionate and committed champion of human dignity everywhere.” The statement highlighted her unwavering advocacy for the overlooked and underrepresented, her impact on mental health care, childhood immunization, and her decades-long work with the Carter Center and Habitat for Humanity.
Stacey Abrams, a voting rights activist and former gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, extended her “deepest condolences” to former President Jimmy Carter. Abrams praised Rosalynn Carter for showcasing the resilience of the human spirit and thanked her for giving a voice to mental health in the face of silence.
Senator Jon Ossoff noted in a statement that Rosalynn Carter’s public service had “changed the lives of many.” He highlighted her compassionate nature and dedication to women’s rights, human rights, and mental health reform, expressing condolences and acknowledging the positive impact she had on both Georgia and the United States.
Senator Cory Booker shared a photo with the Carters, emphasizing Rosalynn Carter’s dedication to serving others during her time as First Lady. He expressed his condolences, stating that his heart is with President Carter and their family.
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., shared a photo with Rosalynn Carter and mourned the loss of a remarkable woman and dear friend of the King family.
Senator Chuck Schumer acknowledged on social media that Rosalynn Carter had “dedicated her life to serving others,” describing her as a passionate humanitarian and a champion for people worldwide. He expressed condolences to her entire family.
Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump released a statement praising Rosalynn Carter as a “devoted First Lady, a great humanitarian,” and “a champion for mental health.” The statement highlighted her lifetime of accomplishments and national service, spanning nearly a century.