Former First Lady of Georgia and First Lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter passed away peacefully at her home in Plains, Georgia on Sunday.  According to The Carter Center in Atlanta, Mrs. Carter was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. 

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a statement on Sunday

Mrs. Carter was a passionate advocate for mental health services and worked along side her husband throughout his political career.  As First Lady, she was the first presidential spouse to sit in on cabinet meetings and after their time in the White House, Mrs. Carter was a co-founder of The Carter Center in Atlanta.

She also worked alongside her husband with the Christian organization Habitat for Humanity.

“We grieve the loss of Mrs. Carter and our prayers are with President Carter and their family. Mrs. Carter has helped change the lives of thousands of homeowners, empowered countless women and inspired millions of people. Over the years, she has blessed us with her compassion for serving others and commitment to improving housing conditions,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “The Carters lent a hand to Habitat for Humanity as a young, fledgling organization and created global awareness of our work and of our mission. We are grateful for the incredible impact she and President Carter have had on Habitat and on the families who have benefited from their shining example.”

“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” President Jimmy Carter said in a statement issued by The Carter Center. “She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”