Rosalynn Carter made big Melania Trump decision before her death

Rosalynn Carter made big Melania Trump decision before her death.


Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter will always be remembered as a couple who have done the most humanitarian work in their post-White House years.

The Carters had been part of the Habitat for Humanity for many years and helped renovate around 4,300 houses in 14 different countries.

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Before coming to Washington in 1977, Rosalynn was seen as unassuming and quiet, but she soon turned into an eloquent speaker, campaigner and activist. She was well-known for her efforts on mental health and caregiving and women’s rights.

Rosalynn got the nickname “the Steel Magnolia” because of her influence, loyalty, and compassion. It was reported that while serving as a first lady, White House staffers sometimes sought her approval on initiatives before bringing them up to the president.

Rosalynn and Jimmy were celebrated as the oldest living presidential couple and were married for 77 years. Sadly, Rosalynn passed away on November 19, just two days after entering hospice along with her loving husband.

ASPEN, CO – JUNE 23: Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter speaks with President Jimmy Carter and Aspen Institute president and CEO Walter Isaacson during the McCloskey Speaker Series on June 23, 2015 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

The two spent the last days of her life by each other’s side. Jimmy asked his bed to be placed next to hers so that they could talk to one another.

“My father told her he loved her and thanked her for all the wonderful things she had done,” the Carters’ son James E. “Chip” Carter III, who was in his parents’ bedroom with other family members said. “Then he asked us to leave so he could be alone with her.

“I’m sure he prayed,” Chip explained.

Sadly, however, by Sunday morning, Rosalynn had lost the power of speech. Later that day, her long and inspiring life came to an end.

Just how generous Rosalynn was and how big her heart was speaks one of the decisions she made before her passing. Namely, Rosalynn was insistent that fellow ex-First Lady Melania Trump should attend her funeral, despite the fact that Jimmy didn’t agree with Trump’s administration politics.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 04: President Donald Trump and first Lady Melania Trump participate in an event on the South Lawn of the White House on July 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is hosting a “Salute to America” celebration that includes flyovers by military aircraft and a large fireworks display. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

As reported by SheKnows, citing the Washington Post, “all former first ladies, including Melania Trump,” having been invited to Rosalynn’s funeral. This was confirmed by Rosalynn’s son who said his mom had been “involved in that decision” though she knew that there were “public disagreements over many issues” between her husband and Melania’s husband.

“My mother was a gracious person, and she would treat everybody with respect, including a former first lady,” Chip said.

Donald Trump confirmed that he and Melania would be attending Rosalynn’s funeral.

Rest in peace, Rosalynn.

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