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MICHIGAN, Nov. 20, 2023 ~ Tributes are pouring in from Michigan politicians for former first lady Rosalynn Carter, a mental health advocate and one-half of the longest-lived presidential couple who recently died at the age of 96.
On Sunday, the Carter Center announced her death after she entered hospice care a few days prior, with her family announcing in May that she was living with dementia. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer posted to X, formerly Twitter, commended her activism and long-standing marriage to former President Jimmy Carter.
“From her efforts as an advocate for mental health to the work she did building houses alongside her husband with Habitat for Humanity, Mrs. Carter dedicated her life to making a difference in people’s lives,” Whitmer said.
She and President Carter shared a 77 year marriage, an inspiring model for love and effective partnership. My thoughts—and those of the people of Michigan—are with President Carter, their four children, and their entire family.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) November 19, 2023
(CONTINUED) Tributes from other notable Michigan politicians included Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Democrat U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-6), the latter stating that “Rosalynn Carter was a woman of strength and determination with a soft approach and a steely spine.”
Jimmy Carter, 99, has been in hospice care himself since February.
Heartbroken to hear the news of First Lady Carter’s passing. She was an historic first lady, humanitarian, and leader, who put access to mental health care at the forefront of her work. I’m thinking of President Carter and their whole family during this difficult time.
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) November 19, 2023
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