NEW YORK — Rosalynn Carter, wife of the 39th US President Jimmy Carter, died on Sunday at her home in Plains, Georgia, at the age of 96.
The former first lady of the United States and the closest adviser to Jimmy Carter “died peacefully, with family by her side,” The Carter Center said on Sunday.
She had dementia and suffered many months of declining health.
“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” Carter, now 99, said in a statement.
“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.”
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter wed in 1946 when he was 21 and she was 18 and were the longest-married presidential couple.
After Carter’s term ended in 1981, he enjoyed more post-White House years than any president before him and she played an instrumental role during those years, including as part of the nonprofit Carter Center and the Habitat for Humanity charity. — Malaysiaxpress