FORMER President Jimmy Carter has posted a heartbreaking tribute to his wife Rosalynn after her death at 96.
News of the former First Lady’s death was confirmed on Sunday afternoon.
A statement from The Carter Center was released and detailed that Rosalynn had died at around 2:10 pm on November 19, surrounded by the family at their home in Plains, Georgia.
President Carter was the first to speak about his wife in the announcement.
“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” the oldest living former President of the United States 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.”
The two started dating in 1945 while Jimmy Carter was attending the United States Naval Academy,
Rosalynn became attracted to Jimmy after seeing a picture in his uniform.
They shared their first kiss while riding in the backseat of a car belonging to the boyfriend of Jimmy’s sister, Ruth Carter Stapleton, with whom Rosalynn was good friends.
Within a year, they married at Plains Methodist Church, Rosalynn’s childhood congregation.