The statement said Carter died on November 19 at 14:10 (20:10 Polish time) “peacefully, with my family by my side.” In May 2023, the family reported that the woman suffered from dementia. She lived in Plains, Georgia at the time.
First Lady of the USA
Eleanor Rosalynn Smith was born August 18, 1927, in Plains, the daughter of Edgar and Alice Smith.
She married Carter on July 7, 1946, when he was 21 and she was 18. They had four children.
She was the first lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981, when her husband became the 39th president of the United States.
In Washington, the Carter couple were a team, and the president called her “an extension of himself” and “his closest adviser.” She was often invited to participate as an observer in Cabinet meetings and discussions on political strategy.
The First Lady was also sent on important official missions to Latin America.
Actions for mental health
Rosalynn Carter has been an active advocate for mental health issues. Her interest in the topic began in the early ’70s, when, while helping her husband campaign for governor, she began to realize the seriousness of the problem in her home state of Georgia.
At the White House, she became honorary chairwoman of the President’s Commission on Mental Health, which was key to passing a 1980 law that helped fund community mental health centers.
After leaving Washington, D.C., she continued her work at the Carter Center, a private, nonprofit institution founded by the Carters in Atlanta in 1982.
The Carter couple were also involved in the charity “Habitat For Humanity”, which helped build homes for families in need. Their humanitarian efforts culminated in 2002 when Jimmy Carter received the Nobel Peace Prize. “I am especially grateful to Rosalynn, who has been a part of everything I have done,” the former president said in a speech at Plains the day he learned he had won the award.