Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter passed away on Saturday afternoon on November 19. She had joined her husband of 77 years, Jimmy Carter, into hospice just 48 hours prior.
The 96-year-old died at her home in Plains, Georgia at 2:10 p.m. Up until that point, Jimmy stayed by her side.
He asked the rest of the family to leave the room and asked his bed to be placed besides hers so that they could talk. Sadly, by Sunday morning Rosalynn had lost the power of speech. Later that day, her life, which was rich and filled with causes she fought for, came to an end.
Her passing affected the entire nation. “The Steel Magnolia,” as the staff at the White House called her because of her influence, loyalty, and compassion, left a deep mark in the lives of many, but the person who suffered the greatest loss with her passing is her husband who spoke of her as of “my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished.”
The former president only finds a small measure of solace in the fact that he was there with her and for her until the very end. In fact, outliving her was something he desired because he wanted to provide care for her until the very last day, which he eventually did.
According to Chip Carter, Jimmy and Rosalynn’s son, Jimmy had explained to him time and again that he didn’t want to die before his wife of 77 years.
“Dad told me several times over the last nine months that he had always believed he would survive mom and protect her until she died, but that now he wasn’t sure that would happen – and that upset him,” Chip revealed.
“But he stayed alive. We all told him how proud we were of his relationship with her and how he took care of her.”
Jimmy himself went through health struggles, especially during the last decade. He battled cancer, but managed to survive all thanks to the love and support of his family, especially Rosalynn who was there to witness his miraculous recovery.
In February 2023, Jimmy moved into hospice following several brief hospital visits.
His and Rosalynn’s love story is one of the most beautiful the nation has ever witnessed.
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