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Carter, Lillian Gordy


Lillian Gordy Carter, mother of Jimmy Carter, was born in Chattahoochee County, Georgia on August 15, 1898. She became a registered nurse, married James Earl Carter in 1923, gave birth to future president Jimmy Carter in 1924, followed by three more children - Gloria (1926), Ruth (1929), and Billy (1937). Much later, she served in the Peace Corps as a nurse in India. She died October 30, 1983, but had lived long enough to see her oldest son elected President of the United States.

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Source: Lillian Carter, with Jimmy and Ruth, National Park Service