The Carter Family Says a Final Goodbye to Rosalynn at a Private Funeral: Photos

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The last of the memorial events in honor of the former first lady took place in her beloved hometown on Wednesday, Nov. 29

<p>ALEX BRANDON/POOL/AFP via Getty</p> Rosalynn Carter

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Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

Rosalynn Carter's family gathered once more on Wednesday morning to say a final goodbye to their beloved matriarch.

The Carters — including former President Jimmy Carter, 99 — came together for an intimate funeral service in Plains, Georgia, at Maranatha Baptist Church, where Jimmy previously taught Sunday school. The memorial followed Tuesday's more public tribute, at which all four living former first ladies were present, along with former President Bill Clinton, President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff.

Wednesday's service marked the last commemorative event of the week before Rosalynn is interred at the Carters' longtime family residence in Georgia.

Here, some moving moments from the funeral.

A Final Farewell

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Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

A member of the Georgia State Police honor guard paid respects ahead of the Nov. 29 funeral service for the former first lady.

In Memory

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Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

Near Main Street in Plains, Georgia, mourners put together a makeshift memorial honoring Rosalynn and her activism.

Giving Thanks

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Brynn Anderson/AP Photo

Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

As a motorcade moved through Plains to the church, people gathered to watch and share messages to the former first lady.

Taking a Moment

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Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

Former President Carter — who has spent much of 2023 in hospice care at home — wore a red lei to Wednesday's funeral, a nod to the time he and Rosalynn spent together in Hawaii when he was serving in the Navy.

Fitting Tribute

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Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

A program for Wednesday's funeral featured a vintage photo of the former first lady.

Paying Respects

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Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

Members of the Georgia State Patrol took a moment at the front of Maranatha Baptist Church before the funeral began.

'The Greatest'

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Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

Pastor Tony Lowden called Rosalynn "the greatest first lady ever" while speaking at the funeral, per Atlanta News First. "She served every nation around the world."

Seeking Comfort

<p>John Bazemore/AP Photo</p> Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

John Bazemore/AP Photo

Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

Outside of the church, family members including former first daughter Amy Carter (left) greeted one another, wearing leis to complement that of their father.

Sharing Love

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Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

Following the touching speeches several family members gave at Tuesday's service, Wednesday's funeral brought more personal memories, including some shared by great-grandchild Charles Jeffrey Carter.

Goodbye, Mrs. Carter

<p>John Bazemore/AP Photo</p> Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

John Bazemore/AP Photo

Rosalynn Carter's Nov. 29 funeral

Following the funeral, members of the Armed Forces carried the casket out of the church, en route to Rosalynn's final resting place.

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