Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, along with President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and all five living current and former first ladies, Jill Biden, Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton, gathered in Atlanta for the former first lady Rosalynn Carter funeral, which took place at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory University campus. The attendees all paid their respects. Dressed in a gray coat, Melania Trump joined the other first ladies, elegantly clad in dark blue or black attire.
The Rosalynn Carter funeral included eulogies by former PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff, as well as Rosalynn Carter and Jimmy Carter’s daughter, Amy, and their grandson, Jason Carter.
Jason Carter’s opening remarks, which warmly welcomed the former first ladies and their “lovely husbands,” elicited reportedly heartfelt laughter from the audience. The Rosalynn Carter funeral gathering marked a significant moment, as it was the first time all of the living first ladies had come together since the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush in 2018. At that time, all living current and former presidents and first ladies, including Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter and the Trumps, attended the service at the Washington National Cathedral.
Another notable instance was in 2007, when all current and former presidents and first ladies, including George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush, the Carters, and Nancy Reagan, gathered to bid farewell to former President Gerald Ford in Washington. Rosalynn Carter, who passed away at the age of 96, had entered home hospice care in Plains, Ga., after being diagnosed with dementia. Her husband, Jimmy Carter, the longest-living president in American history, turned 99 on October 1. Earlier this year, he made the difficult decision to forgo further medical treatment for an undisclosed illness and entered hospice care.
Before Rosalynn Carter funeral, the Carters made their last public appearance in September at the Plains Peanut Festival, where they joyfully waved to parade attendees from the back of an SUV, just a week before Jimmy Carter’s 99th birthday. Following the memorial service in Atlanta, Rosalynn Carter’s journey will continue as she is taken back to Plains for a private funeral at Maranatha Baptist Church, the couple’s home church. From there, her casket will be transferred to a hearse and depart for private interment at the Carter family residence. Jimmy Carter has expressed his intention to be buried next to his beloved wife.
Who attended Rosalynn Carter’s memorial service?
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and all five living current and former first ladies were in attendance at the Rosalynn Carter funeral.
When was the last time all the living first ladies gathered together?
The last time all living first ladies attended an event together was in 2018 at the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.
How did Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter make their last public appearance?
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter waved to parade attendees from the back of an SUV during the Plains Peanut Festival in September.
Where will Rosalynn Carter be laid to rest?
After the private Rosalynn Carter funeral at Maranatha Baptist Church, Rosalynn Carter will be interred at the Carter family residence, and Jimmy Carter plans to be buried next to her.
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