Inside the tiny town of Plains where Rosalynn Carter's funeral is being held - ... trends now
Rosalynn Carter's funeral is being held on Wednesday in the small town where she and her husband were born and raised.
The invite-only ceremony will take place in Plains, Georgia, at Maranatha Baptist Church, where the Carters have been members since returning to the state after Jimmy's presidency.
The former first lady died age 96 on November 19, and a memorial service was held for her in nearby Atlanta on November 28.
She will be buried after a private graveside service in a plot the couple of 77 years will share, visible from the front porch of the home they built before Jimmy Carter's first political campaign in 1962.
The pair first met while Rosalynn - then Eleanor Rosalynn Smith - was a newborn in 1927 in the town with a population of just 600 - which remains the case today.
Former first lady Rosalynn Carter's death has meant that her home town of plains, Georgia, has become even more of a tribute to the famous family than it already was
Her invite-only funeral will take place in Plains, Georgia, at Maranatha Baptist Church (pictured), where the Carters have been members since returning to the state after Jimmy's presidency
Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn - then-Smith - met when she was a newborn in the town of roughly 600 people. Pictured: the famous political couple in 2014
Rosalynn's childhood home in the south of the town is now ordained with a street sign for 'Rosalynn Carter Terrace' (above)
Rosalynn Carter (pictured aged 12) was born on August 18, 1927
At the 2020 census, Plains had a population of just 573, and it is best known as the birthplace of the President and first lady who served form 1977 to 1981.
As a result, there are multiple tributes to the pair in the town, which have only multiplied since Rosalynn's passing at her local home.
The town's Christmas decorations were swiftly added to after she died with a touching memorial collage of pictures of her and her husband, complete with flowers laid at the base.
Maranatha Baptist Church stands on the north edge of Plains' 0.8 square miles area, past the Jimmy Carter National Historical Park, which covers the former politician's high school building - now a museum - as well as his Boyhood Farm to the west.
The museum houses a replica Oval Office desk - the 'Resolute desk', which was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 made from the oak timbers of the British ship H.M.S. Resolute.
It also hosts busts of the town's most famous son and daughter, and has a notable 'smiling peanut' statue outside, which was made to support the local candidate during the 1976 presidential election, referring to his previous trade as a peanut farmer.
The to-be president was introduced to the profession by his father Earl Carter, who