Lillian Carter, the 85-year-old mother of former President Jimmy Carter, died of cancer at Americus-Sumter County Hospital in Americus, Ga., where she had been admitted on Tuesday.
Mrs Carter’s two other living children, Billy Carter and Gloria Spann, as well as Jimmy Carter’s wife, Rosalynn, were present when she died just after 5 p.m. Ruth Carter Stapleton, Mrs Carter’s other daughter, died of cancer on September 26.
Mrs Carter died of cancer that had spread to her bones, according to her doctor, Dr Paul Broun. Mrs Carter underwent a modified radical mastectomy on June 29, 1981, after a malignant tumour in her left breast was detected. Miss Lillian Carter, as she was known by her neighbours, was a nurse, a Peace Corps volunteer, an unofficial ambassador, and a supporter of civil rights and women’s concerns. She also expressed what she was thinking about.
She was the first woman to receive the Synagogue Council of America’s Covenant of Peace Prize in 1977 for her services to the “promotion of international understanding, justice, and peace.” The next year, she travelled to Rome to accept the Ceres Medal from the Food and Agriculture Organization, a specialised UN agency, before heading to West Africa to examine the drought there.
“Just an ordinary little child,” she said, adding, “Actually, his sister Gloria is the family’s most intelligent member.”
Mrs Carter travelled to Israel in December 1978 for the funeral of Golda Meir, the former Israeli Prime Minister. Mrs Carter noted at Ben-Gurion International Airport that Mrs Meir had stated that she did not want eulogies, then raised her eyes and said, “Golda, this is not a eulogy to you.” This is just me wishing I had known you.”
Mother and Nurse
Carter Was Born to Bessie Lillian Gordy on August 15, 1898, in Richland, Georgia, to James Jackson Gordy (1863–1948) and Mary Ida Nicholson Gordy (1871–1951). She Was the Daughter of James Jackson Gordy (1863–1948) and Mary Ida Nicholson Gordy (1871–1951). Berry Gordy I, the Paternal Half-Brother of James Jackson Gordy and The Grandfather of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Was Her Uncle. in 1917, She Offered to Join the Us Army as A Nurse, but The Programme Was Cancelled. Instead, She Worked for The Us Post Office in Richland until Going to Plains, Georgia in 1920, Where She Was Accepted as A Trainee at The Wise Sanitarium Before Graduating from The Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia in 1923 with A Nursing Degree. Lillian’s Family First Opposed Her Decision to Pursue a Profession in Nursing, but She Persevered and Became a Highly Accomplished Nurse, Garnering the Respect of Both the Black and White Communities. “miss Lillian,” as She Was Affectionately Called, Permitted Black Visitors to Enter Her Home Through the Front Door Rather than The Rear Door, as Was Customary, and Would Frequently Invite Them Into Her Living Room for Informal Conversation, Just as She Would a White Neighbour. These Discussions Would Go on Even After Her Husband Earl Returned Home, Expecting the Visitors to Leave.
Her Father, According to Lillian Carter, Had the Most Influence on Her Liberal Ideas. “Jim Jack” Gordy, Who Ran a Post Office in Lillian’s Hometown of Richland, Was Always Kind and Frequently Dined with The Black Employees. It Was Unusual in The Early Twentieth Century, but Lillian Opted to Follow in Her Father’s Footsteps.
Volunteer for The Peace Corps
Carter Applied for The Peace Corps at The Age of 68, in 1966. She Got Three Months of Training and Was Transported to India, Where She Worked at The Godrej Colony, 30 Miles (48 Kilometres) from Mumbai, After Completing a Mental Exam. She Was There for 21 Months, Assisting Leprosy Sufferers. in Recognition of Her Efforts in India, Emory University Built the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing. the Peace Corps’ Atlanta Regional Office Has Created an Award in Her Honour for Volunteers Over 50 Who Make the Most Significant Contribution.
The First Lady’s Mother
1977, Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter’s Mother Was One of The First Persons He Told when He Decided to Run for President. He Was Considered a Dark Horse Candidate for The Democratic Party Nomination at First.
Miss Lillian Carter, Sometimes Known as “Miss Lillian,” Wrote Two Books During Carter’s Presidency: Miss Lillian and Friends and Away from Home: Letters to My Family, Both Released in 1977. the Second Book Was a Collection of Letters She Wrote to Her Family While Serving in The Peace Corps in India.
The Press Adored “miss Lillian” for Her Southern Charm and Down-To-Earth Demeanour. She Usually Had a Pleasant, Sassy Reaction to Reporters and Interrogators Alike. One Biographer Describes an Interaction Between Carter and A New York Reporter Who Flew to Plains to Interview Her During Her Son’s 1976 Presidential Campaign:
“Welcome to Plains!” Miss Lillian Remarked. It’s Wonderful to See You! Do You Want Some Lemonade, Please? how Did You Find Your Journey? “your Dress Is Lovely,” Says the Southern Hostess. “now Miss Lillian, Your Son Is Running for President and Has Declared He’ll Never Tell a Lie,” the Reporter Asked. “as a Mother, Are You Telling Me He’s never spoken a lie?” “Oh, Jimmy tells white lies all the time!” she exclaims. “Tell me what you mean: what is a ‘white lie,'” the reporter inquired. “Remember when I said ‘Welcome to Plains and how nice it is to see you,'” Miss Lillian added. That’s a blatantly false statement.