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    Rosalynn Carter lies in repose at Carter Center, hundreds pay respects


    The Georgia native and global humanitarian died on Nov. 19 at the age of 96.

    After brief ceremonies in the Carters’ native Sumter County in south Georgia, Rosalynn Carter’s remains travelled by motorcade to Atlanta, where she will lie in repose at The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum.

    Celebration of life for Rosalynn Carter

    Rosalynn Carter will make her final trip to Atlanta at the start of three days of memorials for the former ”First Lady of Plains.”

    The motorcade left around 10 a.m., traveling through downtown Americus before making a brief stop at Georgia Southwestern State University. That’s where a wreath-laying ceremony at the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Science Complex took place. 

    Rosalynn Carter motorcade leaves Americus

    After a wreath-lying ceremony on Monday morning, the motorcade escorting former first lady Rosalynn Carter began its journey to Atlanta.

    “Mr. and Mrs. Carter have been a part of my world since he was governor of Georgia. In ’76, when Jimmy ran for president, it was my first vote,” said Don Drennon.

    Reed Elliotte and his mom, Larrietta, came from Kentucky to pay their respects. 

    Mrs. Carter was remembered as a person who led by example, and rarely asked anyone to do something that she wouldn’t do herself. She treated everyone with respect and dignity, was unpretentious. Never seeking recognition for herself.

    The Carter family penned a letter of appreciation to the Carter Center Staff that was printed in the service program stating:

    “The Carter family is grateful for your continuing commitment to Mrs. Carter’s dream of a more caring world.”

    It is not known whether former president Jimmy Carter, who is 99 and in his 10th month of hospice care, will take part in the events. Those close to his immediate family have said he will make every effort as he grieves his partner of more than 77 years.

    Carter family visits Rosalynn Carter mural

    As tributes keep pouring in for Rosalynn Carter, the Carter family met with the artist who produced a mural honoring the former first lady and her husband, former President Jimmy Carter. The work of art is etched into the grass at Freedom Park, near Little Five Points.

    The schedule, a product of detailed planning that involved the former first couple, reflects the range of Rosalynn Carter’s interests and impact. That includes her advocacy for better mental health treatment and the elevation of caregiving, her role as Jimmy Carter’s closest adviser and her status as matriarch of Plains and Maranatha Baptist Church, where she and the former president served in various roles after leaving the White House in 1981.

    Georgia Girl Scouts pay tribute to Honorary National President Rosalynn Carter

    Rosalynn Carter has asked for donations to the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program or the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers in lieu of flowers.



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