Ros­alynn Carter, for­mer first lady to Jim­my Carter, dies at age 96

For­mer first lady Ros­alynn Carter died at age 96.
Carter was first lady dur­ing the pres­i­den­cy of Jim­my Carter, from 1977 to 1981. Her death was announced in a state­ment from the Carter Cen­ter, which said that she passed away peace­ful­ly, sur­round­ed by her fam­i­ly.
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“Ros­alynn was my equal part­ner in every­thing I ever accom­plished,” Jim­my Carter said. “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.”
Ros­alynn and Jim­my Carter were mar­ried for 77 years, achiev­ing the record for the longest-mar­ried pres­i­den­tial cou­ple.
“Besides being a lov­ing moth­er and extra­or­di­nary First Lady, my moth­er was a great human­i­tar­i­an in her own right,” her son, Chip Carter, said in a state­ment. “Her life of ser­vice and com­pas­sion was an exam­ple for all Amer­i­cans. She will be sore­ly missed not only by our fam­i­ly but by the many peo­ple who have bet­ter men­tal health care and access t …