3:10 p.m. ET, November 28, 2023
Grandson remembers Rosalynn Carter as a loving and adventurous grandmother who was a rock for the family
Jason Carter speaks during a tribute service for former first lady Rosalynn Carter on Tuesday in Atlanta.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/G, at Glenn Memorial Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 28, 2023. Carter died on November 19, aged 96, just two days after joining her husband in hospice care at their house in Plains. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
Rosalynn Carter was a lot of things — a grandmother, an adventurer, and someone with "unshakable strength," her grandson, Jason Carter, said at a tribute service in her honor on Tuesday.
“My grandmother doesn’t need a eulogy, her life was a sermon," he said.
He said her life was a “testament to the power of faith and love,” pointing to her 77-year marriage to Jimmy Carter, who their grandson said “inspired the world.”
Despite her high-profile role in the White House, Jason said she was still a very normal grandmother.
“Almost all of her recipes call for mayonnaise, for example. We all got cards from her on our birthdays — $20 bill in it,” he said.
Jason also talked about a time when his grandmother took out a Tupperware of pimento cheese and bread on an airplane and made everyone sandwiches. He said that anecdote demonstrated how much she loved people, getting laughs from the crowd gathered in the church.
“She was a rock for our family,” but she was also an “adventurer, a voyager, a mountain climber.”
“I know that she went to the Everest base camp in Nepal and I can guarantee you that she was looking up at that thing and thinking, ‘If they would just let me,’” he said. “And based on what she did, I think she could have done it,” he added.
Jason said his grandmother had “unshakable strength and powerful faith.” He talked about how Rosalynn would open her heart up to people all over the country and to advocate fiercely for things that mattered to her and other Americans, including mental health.