Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady and Mental Health Advocate, Passes Away at 96

By: Babita Singh

Rosalynn Carter, a tireless advocate for mental health reform and a trailblazer in professionalizing the role of the first lady, passed away peacefully at 96, according to The Carter Center. 

Former President Jimmy Carter expressed that his accomplishments were a result of Rosalynn being his equal partner, providing wise guidance and constant support. 

Eleanor Rosalynn Carter, born in 1927, not only served as an extraordinary first lady but also forged her own identity as a mental health advocate and social justice activist. 

Rosalynn Carter's legacy includes founding the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers in 1987 and remaining active in mental health advocacy throughout her life. 

The Carter Center acknowledged her significant contributions to mental health, addressing the stigma and advocating for support, even after her dementia diagnosis. 

World leaders, including Jill Biden, George W Bush, and Nancy Pelosi, paid tribute to Rosalynn Carter, highlighting her integrity, dignity, and pioneering diplomatic efforts. 

Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter, married for 75 years, were not only political figures but also dedicated supporters of Habitat for Humanity, leaving a lasting impact on social causes.

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