So it seems fitting that Carter, a long-time advocate for monarch butterfly conservation, will celebrate her 96th birthday quietly at home Friday with her husband Jimmy and family releasing a few butterflies in her own garden.
Last year, on her 95th birthday, “Dancing Monarchs,” a massive sculpture featuring 400 steel leaves and 18 glass butterflies, was installed in the Rosalynn Smith Carter Childhood Garden at the home where Carter grew up, on what is now Rosalynn Carter Trail.
The former first lady also will enjoy cupcakes and peanut butter ice cream with former President Jimmy Carter at home on Friday, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based Carter Center said.
For one of Georgia’s most celebrated couples, birthdays and anniversaries have been quiet and private for the last few years.
The Carter family announced in May that Rosalynn had dementia. The family announced in February that Jimmy had entered home hospice care.
Even though the Carters will celebrate privately, there will be several public events honoring Rosalynn.
On Friday, the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park and Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving will screen the feature film “Unconditional,” about caregiving and mental health. The free event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Plains High School.
At the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, admission Friday will be .96 cents in honor of Rosalynn and visitors will be treated to birthday cake.
On Saturday, the town of Plains will host Butterfly Daze, a day of butterfly releases and live performances beginning at 10 a.m.
The Carters celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary in July. Jimmy Carter will turn 99 in October.