Atlanta, Georgia – November 29, 2023 – Former President Jimmy Carter, 99, made a rare public appearance on Tuesday to attend the memorial service for his late wife, Rosalynn Carter, who passed away on November 19 at the age of 96.
Carter, who entered hospice care in February, arrived at the Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in Atlanta using a wheelchair and was assisted to the front row near his wife’s flower-covered casket. His children, Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy, flanked him.
The memorial service was a poignant tribute to Rosalynn Carter’s life and legacy. She was remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and advocate for human rights.
In his eulogy, Carter spoke of his wife’s love and compassion, her commitment to social justice, and her unwavering support for him throughout his life.
“Rosalynn was the best partner I could have asked for,” Carter said. “She was my confidante, my advisor, and my best friend.”
Carter also spoke of his wife’s work as First Lady, during which she championed issues such as mental health awareness and environmental protection.
“Rosalynn was a true humanitarian,” Carter said. “She cared deeply about the less fortunate and worked tirelessly to make the world a better place.”
The memorial service was attended by a who’s who of politics and society, including former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, former First Ladies Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama, and former Vice President Al Gore.
Carter’s rare public appearance was a reminder of his enduring love for his wife and his deep respect for her legacy