Jimmy Carter honours his 77-year wife at a memorial service
Jimmy Carter, the former president, attended his late wife Rosalynn Carter’s memorial service on Tuesday, making an unusual public appearance. Rosalynn Carter passed away earlier this month.
Jimmy Carter, who has been receiving hospice care since February, honoured his late wife at Atlanta’s Glenn Memorial Church, where she was first lady from 1977 to 1981. The 99-year-old former president was escorted by a doctor when he left his Plains home on his way to the church on Monday, wearing a custom suit.
Her face etched on a blanket that covered him as he sat in the front row.
Both Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter left a lasting legacy outside of the White House through their humanitarian work. Their 77-year marriage was the longest of any first-couple in American history. Rosalynn Carter rose to prominence as an advocate for mental health.
The lone daughter of the first couple, Amy Carter, read aloud a letter Jimmy Carter wrote to Rosalynn when he was in the Navy 75 years ago, shedding tears as she did so. Throughout the service, Amy Carter, who was seated beside her father, was frequently observed holding his hand.
“My mom spent most of her life in love with my dad. Their partnership and love story was a defining feature of her life,” she said. “Because he isn’t able to speak to you today, I am going to share some of his words about loving and missing her.”
“While I am away, I try to convince myself that you really are not, could not be as sweet and beautiful as I remember,” Jimmy Carter wrote in the letter. However, I fall in love with you all over again the moment I see you. Do you think that’s strange? To me, it doesn’t.”