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Rosalynn Carter passes away at 96

Former first lady, mental health activist, and humanitarian passed away on Sunday, November 19.
Rosalynn Carter, the wife of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, is known for her advocacy work in mental health and caregiving, and she became the first lady from 1977 to 1981.(Flickr under creative commons license)

The Carter Center released a statement stating that Rosalynn Carter passed away in her Plains, Georgia, home in peace and with her family by her side. The former first lady has entered hospice care, according to a Carter Center announcement on Friday. In May, she received a dementia diagnosis.

After a string of hospital stays, her husband started receiving home hospice care in February.

Throughout her lifetime, Rosalynn Carter has received many more exceptional titles than first lady. 

Born on August 18, 1927, Rosalynn Carter is a former First Lady of the United States and the wife of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. Rosalynn Carter has been active in numerous projects and causes over her life. 

Rosalynn Carter has spoken at various significant events throughout her career, including addressing the Democratic National Convention in 1980 and the White House Conference on Mental Health in 1977. (photo via Picryl under creative commons license)

Rosalynn Carter is a well-known advocate of mental health challenges. She advocated for laws that support mental health services and aimed at decreasing the stigma attached to mental health issues. Alongside her husband, Rosalynn Carter was crucial in founding The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting human rights and reducing suffering. The center focuses on a range of international topics, such as conflict resolution, democracy building, and health care.

Rosalynn Carter engaged in international relations and served as the US representative in several positions while she was First Lady.

She traveled to many nations and participated in social issues and human rights talks.

In her autobiography “First Lady from Plains,” Rosalynn Carter provides perspectives on her life in the White House and her experiences as a public person. She is the author of various publications. She has advocated for women’s rights and raised awareness of gender equality-related issues. Her advocacy has included efforts to raise women’s standing in the community.

The accomplishments Rosalynn Carter made go beyond her time as First Lady; especially, her dedication to mental health advocacy and understanding has had an ongoing impact on public opinion and legislation.

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.

— Rosalynn Carter

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