US ex-President Jimmy Carter’s wife Rosalynn dies


BBC Online :

Former US First Lady Rosalynn Carter, the wife of ex-President Jimmy Carter, has died at the age of 96.

The Carter Center confirmed in a statement that she died peacefully with her family by her side.

On Friday, it was reported that she had entered a hospice care home in the state of Georgia, and was spending time with her 99-year-old husband, who has been in hospice care since February.

Mrs Carter was diagnosed with dementia in May. The longest-married first couple marked their 77th wedding anniversary in July.


“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” said Mr Carter in the statement.

“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.”

Mrs Carter was born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith on 18 August 1927. She married Jimmy Carter on 7 July 1946 and they had four children.

The Carters’ son, Chip, described her as a loving mother, extraordinary first lady and “a great humanitarian in her own right.”