Rosalynn Carter celebrates 96th birthday at home with former president and peanut butter ice cream

Rosalynn Carter turns 96 on Friday and will celebrate her birthday at her home in Plains, Georgia with her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, and other family members.

According to the Carter Center, the former first lady plans to have a quiet celebration, one that will involve cupcakes, peanut butter ice cream, and butterflies.

Earlier this year the Carter family announced Rosalynn had been diagnosed with dementia. The announcement came only a few months after Jimmy Carter, 98, made the decision to enter hospice care at home.

As the couple has aged, their celebrations have become quieter and more private.

United States – JUNE 01: Rosalynn Carter, First Lady of the United States between 1977 – 1981 and married to the former USA President Jimmy Carter on June 01, 1978 in the United States. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Along with enjoying cupcakes and peanut butter ice cream, an homage to their past lives as peanut farmers, the Carters will release several monarch butterflies in her garden.

Rosalynn, a longtime advocate for the conservation of monarch butterflies, launched a butterfly garden at her childhood home in Plains in 2013.

It became the first stop on the The Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail, a network butterfly friendly parks and gardens around the United States. Today there are more than 1,400 private and public gardens around the world that are part of the trail.

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 30: Former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The couple celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary in July making them the longest-married US presidential couple, and in October Jimmy Carter will turn 99.


Happy birthday, Rosalynn! May you enjoy your day with your family.