Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter, are “still holding hands” as they enter their “final chapter” together at home in Plains, Georgia, the former US president’s grandson said.
“It’s clear we’re in the final chapter,” Josh Carter said of his grandparents, the first couple between 1977 and 1981, in an interview published by People magazine on Saturday.
Jimmy Carter, 98, entered hospice care in February, seeking “to spend his remaining time at home with his family”
“My grandparents have always been the entertainers,” Josh Carter told People.
now we’re kind of the ones having to entertain. It’s different, it’s just a different era.”
His grandfather, he said, was “still fully Jimmy Carter. “He’s just tired. I mean he’s almost 99 years old but he … has felt the love.”
His grandmother, Josh said, “still knows who we are, for the most part – that we are family.
The Carters married 77 years ago, in 1946. Jimmy Carter served in the US Navy before becoming the Democratic governor of Georgia in 1971.
Through a turbulent four years in power, Rosalynn Carter was an influential first lady, known to some as the “Steel Magnolia”.