- "She reminded me to make the role of First Lady my own, just like she did," Michelle said.
- "I’ll always remain grateful for her support and her generosity."
United States of America 44th First Lady Michelle Obama has recounted her moment with the late Rosalynn Carter.
Michelle recounted moments when Rosalynn would join her for lunch at the White House and offered a few words of advice with a helping hand.
"She reminded me to make the role of First Lady my own, just like she did. I’ll always remain grateful for her support and her generosity," Michelle said.
"Today, Barack and I join the world in celebrating the remarkable legacy of a First Lady, philanthropist, and advocate who dedicated her life to lifting others."
Rosalynn, the wife of ex-President Jimmy Carter, died at the age of 96.
Mitchelle eulogised the 39th US First Lady as a woman who worked to combat the stigma faced by those struggling with their mental health, adding that it brought light to so many suffering in silence.
"She advocated for better care for the elderly. She advanced women’s rights. And she remained a champion for those causes, and many others like building affordable housing for those in need and caring for our nation’s caregivers."
Michelle noted that the late first lady used her platform in profoundly meaningful ways.
"First Lady Rosalynn Carter understood that well. Guided by her abiding faith and her commitment to service," she said.
Additionally, Michelle said Rosalynn's life is a reminder that no matter who we are, our legacies are best measured not in awards or accolades, but in the lives we touch.
"We send our thoughts and prayers to Jimmy and the entire Carter family during this difficult time."
The Carter Center confirmed in a statement that she died peacefully with her family by her side.
According to the BBC, it was reported that she had entered a hospice care home in the state of Georgia on Friday and was spending time with her 99-year-old husband, who has been in hospice care since February.
Carter was diagnosed with dementia in May.
The longest-married first couple marked their 77th wedding anniversary in July.
"Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished," said Carter in the statement.