Former President Jimmy Carter had a “good day” on Sunday, according to his niece Leanne Smith. Smith mentioned that Carter is still talking and eating, and he requested her to bring him soup for dinner. Smith stated that she got a text about 30 minutes ago before meeting with FOX News Digital. Carter asked her to drop off broccoli and cheese soup, which he loves, to be delivered to his home. Smith said, “It is amazing. He’s still got some time in him. I just feel like it.”
Earlier this month, Carter decided to spend his remaining time at home receiving hospice care rather than getting additional medical intervention. Carter, who is 98 years old, was the 39th president of the United States. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, which had spread to other parts of his body. He informed his Sunday school class in December of that year that he was no longer suffering from cancer.
Last Sunday, the Sunday school at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, where Carter used to teach, was held as usual. One of his nieces, Kim Fuller, spoke about being prepared to answer Jesus’ call to go and do good things. Church member Suzanne Smith said that people who have visited the church in the last few decades have felt warmly greeted and welcome there. This is a message that the church has, and every person working there is welcome, regardless of their background. That’s the lesson Jimmy Carter taught as well, that he was really a president for everyone.
Suzanne Smith said that Fuller spoke during last week’s sermon, shortly following the news that Carter was moving to hospice care, about her uncle’s legacy. According to her, Fuller mentioned that Carter’s legacy was felt around the world. Carter helped eradicate guinea worm, built houses for people around the world, and the Carter Center’s work is something that will be far beyond what’s happening in Plains, Georgia.
Suzanne Smith stated, “Honestly, it felt like God was saying ‘I got you. I’ve got President Carter, I’ve got Rosalynn. Everyone’s gonna be okay.’ We’re gonna figure this out. And, you know, President Carter is a man of faith, the Bible of all else. His legacy will be that in addition to all the things that I’ve talked about, that was done pretty well, but his legacy will be, stick to your faith from the day you start to the day you manage, and you’re going to be okay. And that’s what I have tried to come from now last week.”