First Lady Rosalynn Carter enters hospice care

 November 19, 2023

Americans were saddened late last week to learn that former First Lady Rosalynn Carter may be on the verge of passing away. 

According to The Guardian, information regarding her condition was released on Friday by the 96-year-old former first lady’s grandson, Jason Carter.

Former first lady enters hospice care six months after dementia diagnosis

"Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has entered hospice care at home," a statement put up on the Carter Center’s website read.

"She and President Carter are spending time with each other and their family. The Carter family continues to ask for privacy and remains grateful for the outpouring of love and support," it went on to add.

The Guardian noted how Friday’s statement came less than six months after it was revealed that Mrs. Carter had been diagnosed with dementia.

Mr. and Mrs. Carter have been married to one another for nearly eight decades

"We hope sharing our family's news will increase important conversations at kitchen tables and in doctor’s offices around the country," a statement issued at the time explained.

The Associated Press reported that the former first lady is now joining her husband, 99-year-old former President Jimmy Carter, who began undergoing hospice care earlier in the year.

The Guardian recalled how Mrs. Carter was born and grew up in Georgia where she met and later married her husband in 1946.

A peanut farmer and World War II Navy veteran, Jimmy Carter would go on to become Georgia governor and eventually president of the United States.

Former first lady "loved politics" and had "the best time" campaigning with husband

After leaving the White House, Carter devoted himself to pursuing diplomacy as well as volunteering his time with Habitat for Humanity, a cause to which his wife was also devoted.

The group said it is praying that she and the former president "continue to experience the blessings of time with their family and with each other, and they draw comfort from knowing people around the world are sending them prayers, love, and support."

The Associated Press quoted Mrs. Carter as saying in an interview last year that she "loved politics" and had "the best time" of her life while campaigning on her husband’s behalf, an endeavor she described as being "a full partnership."

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