The daughter-in-law of former President Jimmy Carter, Annette Carter has passed away on the 19th of September 2021.
Josh Carter, Annette’ son announced this in an obituary. He also shared the story of how his mother and father Jeffrey “Jeff” Carter meet.
Josh wrote in his mom’s obituary, “Jeff saw her across the student center while he was playing spades, and he told his friends to turn around and look at that pretty girl that just walked in.
“He told them he was going to marry her, and four years later he did.”
Annette is survived by her two children, Josh and Jeff Carter, and their spouses, Sarah Carter and Anna Carter, as well as her three grandchildren, Charles Carter, Jonathan Carter and Rayna Carter, her son wrote.
Annette was born on Nov. 5, 1952, in Arlington, Georgia. She got get married on April 6, 1975, after she and Jeff dated throughout college.
At the time that they wed, Jeff’s dad, now 96, was the governor of Georgia and in the midst of his presidential campaign, for which Annette and Jeff both traveled across the country.
Josh also made it known that after the 1976 election, his mother moved with the Carters into the White House, the 24-year-old Annette and Jeff “helped host everybody from Bob Dylan to Pope John Paul II.
According to Josh in his mother’s obituary, she and her husband moved out of the White House ahead of the end of the Carter administration and decided to raise their family in Georgia.
“Annette was a homemaker, and she was devoted to raising her three boys,” Josh wrote. His mom “will be remembered by her friends and family for her easy smile, her fun-loving sense of humor, and her caring nature,” he wrote.
“She loved to laugh at a particularly bad white elephant gift or a ridiculous pair of earrings. She always saved stories or comics that she thought would make her sons smile,” he added. “Annette was a prolific storyteller and often had her listeners in gales of laughter by the end of one of her tales. She loved her family and her friends with all her heart, and they loved her back with all of theirs.”
A service for Annette will be held on Saturday 2nd of October, 2021, at Maranatha Baptist in Plains, Georgia, which is Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s longtime church in their hometown. A cause of death has not been given.
During her celebration of life on Saturday, the Carter family is asking guests to be vaccinated and masked; the option to attend services virtually will also be made available.
Lieu of Flowers
Flowers are welcome at the service alongside donations that can be made to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, where Annette served as a board member.