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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter Passes Away at Age 96

Georgia state Sen. Jimmy Carter hugs his wife, Rosalynn, at his Atlanta campaign headquarters in 1966.
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Georgia state Sen. Jimmy Carter hugs his wife, Rosalynn, at his Atlanta campaign headquarters in 1966.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter passed away Sunday, November 19th, at the age of 96. During her tenure as first lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981, First Lady Carter worked tirelessly for many causes.

Emma: Former first lady Rosalynn Carter visited the University of Georgia in 2007, delivering a keynote speech for a conference on her husband’s presidency. It was held on the 30th anniversary of President Carter's inauguration. Despite at first being limited by the press’s traditional view of her role, First Lady Carter experienced great success as an advocate for Americans with mental health issues.

From 1977 to 1978, she served as honorary chairperson for the President’s Commission on Mental Health. In her speech, she discussed her vision for the United States.

First Lady Carter was born in Plains, Georgia in 1927 and became the first lady of Georgia in 1970. She leaves behind a legacy of improving human lives internationally, nationally, and in the state of Georgia. For WUGA news, I’m Emma Auer.

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