On November 19th, we bid farewell to a remarkable woman, Rosalynn Carter, who passed away at the age of 96. The news of her passing touched the hearts of many, including former presidents who paid tribute to her extraordinary life.
Rosalynn, alongside her husband of 77 years and former president, Jimmy Carter, was known for her unwavering support and advocacy for those who battled dementia.
The love story between Rosalynn and Jimmy began in Plains, Georgia, where they both grew up. They were married in 1946, after Jimmy’s graduation from the United States Naval Academy.
Reflecting on their first encounter, Jimmy fondly shared, “I didn’t know a single boy I thought I’d want to spend my life with until Jimmy Carter came calling.”
Rosalynn was equally smitten and remembered their first date vividly: “We rode in the rumble seat of a Ford pickup, and under the full moon, conversation flowed effortlessly. I knew I was in love.”
Their journey together wasn’t without its challenges. Jimmy proposed to Rosalynn twice before she finally said yes. She wanted to take their time and nurture their bond. Jimmy persisted, and their love triumphed. They went on to have four children – Jack, Chip, Jefferey, and their daughter Amy Lynn.
Throughout their marriage, Rosalynn and Jimmy navigated the shifting dynamics of their relationship. Jimmy recognized Rosalynn’s strength and independence, saying, “She’s just as strong, if not stronger than I am. She’s fully equal to me in every way.” Their shared religious faith and the love they had for their children became cornerstones of their bond.
After Rosalynn’s passing, Jimmy expressed his deep admiration and gratitude for his lifelong partner: “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.”
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden also honored Rosalynn’s legacy, highlighting the profound love and partnership between Jimmy and Rosalynn as a shining example of patriotism.
They praised her unwavering faith and the positive impact she had on countless lives, both in the United States and around the world.
Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and their spouses also expressed their condolences and recognized Rosalynn’s remarkable contributions.
Even former President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump acknowledged Rosalynn’s significant impact. Donald Trump spoke of her devotion as a First Lady, as well as her humanitarian efforts and advocacy for mental health. Melania Trump remembered Rosalynn as a woman with a servant’s heart, devoted to her husband, family, and country.
Rosalynn Carter’s legacy is one that will forever be cherished. Her love, dedication, and unwavering support for her husband and family are an inspiration to us all.
As we bid her farewell, let us remember the extraordinary life she lived and the positive impact she made. Rest in peace, Rosalynn Carter.
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