Rosalynn Carter, former first lady and wife to President Jimmy Carter, has died. She was 96 years old.
Carter was known for her work in her duties as first lady, as well as in the charitable work she participated in long after her husband left the Oval Office. She was active in various philanthropic causes, including mental illness, homelessness, and human rights.
Born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith in Plains, Georgia, in 1927, Carter grew up in a small town, working with her mother to help out the family after her father died of cancer when she was 13 years old. Carter attended Georgia Southwestern College (now part of Georgia Southwestern State University). While in college, she began dating Jimmy Carter, who was home from the U.S. Naval Academy. Also from Plains, Jimmy Carter met Rosalynn long before their courtship, when she was a baby and he was 3 years old. They married in 1946.
In her role as first lady, Carter did everything from helping the president write his speeches to advising him on key issues. She worked alongside her husband for decades, helping out with his presidential campaigns as well as his preceding campaigns for state senator and governor of Georgia.... Read More: WBAL TV