Former President Jimmy Carter made a rare public appearance when he paid a final farewell to his wife of 77 years, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, at her tribute service on Nov. 28.

The former president, 99, who has been in hospice care at home since February, arrived to the service at Glenn Memorial Church on the campus of Atlanta’s Emory University in a wheelchair. He wore a black suit and was covered in a white blanket emblazoned with images of himself and his wife.

Rosalynn Carter died at their home in Plains, Georgia, on Nov. 19 at the age of 96, according to the Carter Center.

Jimmy Carter honored his wife after her death, calling her his “equal partner.”

“Rosalynn was my equal partner in everything I ever accomplished,” the former president said in a statement. “She gave me wise guidance and encouragement when I needed it. As long as Rosalynn was in the world, I always knew somebody loved and supported me.”

The longest-married couple in presidential history

The Carters’ decadeslong love story is one for the ages.

Jimmy Carter met Rosalynn Carter, who was born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith, when Rosalynn was a newborn. They fell in love as teenagers and tied the knot in 1946.

The longest-married couple in presidential history, the Carters, who celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary in July, shared four children: sons John (also known as Jack), 76, James (aka Chip), 73, and Donnel (aka Jeff), 71, and daughter Amy, 55.

The couple’s marriage has been celebrated as both a loving union that’s endured despite the challenges of public office, and as a model for a modern partnership that has a flipped gender norms on its head.

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