'She was the driving force': Family, co-workers remember 'Steel Magnolia' Rosalynn Carter

FILE - Former first lady Rosalynn Carter makes phone calls to voters at the campaign headquarters on behalf of her son, Jack Carter, a Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Oct. 3, 2006, in Las Vegas. Rosalynn Carter, the closest adviser to Jimmy Carter during his one term as U.S. president and their four decades thereafter as global humanitarians, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023. She was 96. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

On Monday, WABE’s “Morning Edition” heard reflections and testimonies from those who loved and worked with former first lady Rosalynn Carter.

The wife of former president Jimmy Carter, lifelong mental health advocate and co-founder of the Atlanta-based Carter Center, died at age 96 at the couple’s home in Plains, Ga. while in hospice care.

She is survived by her husband, four children and more than 20 grandchildren. Her grandson, former state Sen. Jason Carter, and Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander, joined “Morning Edition” to take a deeper dive into Rosalynn’s legacy.

Carter Center CEO Paige Alexander on WABE’s “Morning Edition”

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.