On Sunday, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, after many months of battling with dementia, passed away at the age of 96. "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," the Carter Center wrote in a statement.
"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."
The former First Lady is survived by her four children and 11 grandchildren, as well as her husband, who has been in hospice care since the beginning of the year.
"Besides being a loving mother and extraordinary First Lady, my mother was a great humanitarian in her own right," said her son, 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 entire nation will mourn this tragic loss and pray for the Carter family in their time of need.
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