The Carter family has long been admired for their outstanding commitment to the service of others, going far beyond the call of duty for their country and their own personal lives. Now, with the passing of first lady Rosalynn Carter, former US President Jimmy Carter faces life alone for the first time in their 73-year marriage.
On Wednesday, October 5th, 2020, the Carter Center, the Carter’s beloved Atlanta-based organization committed to promoting human rights around the world, released a statement of grief saying, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Rosalynn Carter on October 5, 2020. Mrs. Carter’s legacy as a champion for mental health, women’s rights, human rights, and the alleviation of human suffering will continue to live on through the work of The Carter Center.”
Mrs. Carter was a formidable asset to the Carter Center. Throughout their marriage, she lobbied for multiple social causes and played an integral part in numerous initiatives developed by the Carter Center. In the late 1970’s, she proposed the development of a White House Conference on Mental Health and pushed her husband to put mental health as a priority. During their tenure in the White House, President and Mrs. Carter were woven together in the quest for human rights. Once president, they embarked on many foreign humanitarian missions. From Africa to Asia, they shared their compassion with those in need.
In addition to their world-renowned philanthropic work, the Carter’s marriage was an example for all to follow. Few couples have been as devoted to each other as Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Through the joys and sorrows, the kisses and the contentions, the Carters remained a steadfast team.
The death of Rosalynn Carter comes at a crucial point in her and her husband’s lives. Both of the Carters are 96 years old and have recently been facing their own health issues. Jimmy Carter even cut short a fishing trip with family due to his ailing health in May 2020. Whether alone in his home or surrounded by his loved ones, we can be sure that the Carters’ spirit of compassion and love will not abate. The gravity of their commitment to each other and the world lives on, and though for the first time President Carter will walk alone, the peace of Rosalynn’s love and grace will always remain with him.