Former first ladies living to attend memorial service for Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter

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Former President Jimmy Carter holds a 2018 book signing for his book “Faith: A Journey For All” in New York.


Former President Jimmy Carter is expected to attend Tuesday’s memorial service for his late wife. Rosalyn Carterin Atlanta, her grandson told CNN — a tribute attended by all living former first ladies.

Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, told CNN that the former president plans to travel to Atlanta for a service at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the Emory University campus.

First Lady Jill Biden will be joined by former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump at the service. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff are also expected to attend, as is former President Bill Clinton.

It is customary for former First Ladies to sit and attend the funerals of former First Ladies. Trump’s visit, however, marks a rare public appearance for the former first lady, who has largely avoided the public eye since leaving Washington in January 2021, even as her husband returns to the White House. Former President Donald Trump is not expected to attend the service.

Rosalyn Carter died peacefully His Plains, Georgia, home on November 19 At the age of 96, two days after the Carter Center announced Entering a home hospice. 99-year-old Jimmy Carter began receiving Home Hospice Care in FebruaryAfter consecutive hospital stays.

A A tireless advocate of mental health reform and contempt for mental illness, Rosalyn Carter devoted much of her life to humanitarian efforts, always by her husband’s side for more than 77 years. In May, the Carter Center said she He had dementia.

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The former first lady’s motorcade began one of its final trips Monday morning, traveling from the Plains to Atlanta. A memorial service was held Monday afternoon at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, and the public is invited to pay their respects at the Carter Center from 6 to 10 p.m. said.

A Private funeral service A reception for family and invited friends will be held Wednesday morning at the couple’s beloved Maranatha Baptist Church on the Plains.

This topic and story has been updated with additional improvements.

CNN’s Christina Maksoris and Kristen Holmes contributed to this report.

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