Local officials mourn former first lady Rosalynn Carter

DeKalb County officials are expressing their condolences after officials with The Carter Center, located in Atlanta, announced that former first lady Rosalynn Carter died on Nov. 19. She was 96 years old.

“Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, a passionate champion of mental health, caregiving, and women’s rights, passed away Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2:10 p.m. at her home in Plains,” the statement reads, in part. “She died peacefully, with family by her side.”

Carter was married for 77 years to Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States who is now 99 years old.

“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.”

After her passing, officials throughout DeKalb County expressed what Rosalynn Carter’s life and work, both in Georgia and abroad, meant to them, including Reps. Hank Johnson and Nikema Williams.

“Rosalynn Carter’s contributions to Georgia, the nation and to humanity are unparalleled,” said Johnson, who represents parts of Decatur, Lithonia, and Stone Mountain. “Her years of activism around Habitat for Humanity, her efforts to raise awareness about mental health, and her unwavering advocacy for women and children cements her legacy as one of our most consequential, accomplished, and historic first ladies of all time.”

“My heart is heavy to learn of the passing of first lady Rosalynn Carter, a remarkable public servant who led with grace and kindness,” said Williams, who represents parts of Atlanta and Decatur. “Rosalynn Carter worked tirelessly for women’s rights and is a shining example of the power women possess when given an opportunity. She used her opportunity to serve others as an advocate for mental health, peace, housing, and marginalized communities around the globe. I will forever be inspired by Mrs. Carter’s lifetime of service and strive every day to make sure my son—Carter—embodies that same commitment to service.”

Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock also released statements expressing their admiration of the former first lady.

“The state of Georgia and the United States are better places because of Rosalynn Carter,” said Ossoff. “I join all Georgians and Americans in mourning her loss. May Rosalynn Carter’s memory be a blessing.”

“In her own right, Rosalynn Carter was a force of nature, a compassionate advocate, and a genuine friend to everyone she encountered—a great human being,” said Warnock. “As a champion for all Georgians, Rosalynn’s impact on our state was immeasurable. She embodied the principles of love, justice, and humility. In this moment of mourning, let us not only remember Mrs. Carter in the lofty terms of history but in the personal, everyday moments of kindness and compassion she shared. May her legacy inspire us to be better neighbors, more compassionate leaders, and tireless advocates for the well-being of all.”

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