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Former Presidents and First Ladies Gather for Rosalynn Carter’s Memorial Service

Every living U.S. first lady — including Dr. Jill Biden, Melania Trump, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush — attended Tuesday's service in Atlanta

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Current and former U.S. presidents and first ladies gathered for Tuesday's tribute service for late first lady Rosalynn Carter, including her husband of 77 years, former President Jimmy Carter.

Every living first Lady — including Dr. Jill BidenMelania TrumpMichelle ObamaHillary Clinton, and Laura Bush — attended, along with President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff.

Related: Jimmy Carter, 99, Makes Rare Appearance at Late Wife Rosalynn Carter’s Memorial Service

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ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

The invitation-only service, held at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church on the campus of Emory University, also features family members and some of Rosalynn's closest friends, including Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who were asked to sing a duet of John Lennon's "Imagine."

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ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images

Tuesday's ceremony is part of a series of private and public events in Georgia, which culminate with the funeral service and interment at the Carter family home in Plains.

Related: Rosalynn Carter Will Be Buried at Family's Georgia Residence After Lying in Repose Next Week

<p>ERIK S. LESSER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images</p> A military honor guard carries the casket of late first lady Rosalynn Carter on Nov. 28

ERIK S. LESSER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

A military honor guard carries the casket of late first lady Rosalynn Carter on Nov. 28

On Monday, ceremonies began with a wreath-laying at Georgia Southwestern State University's Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex. The former first lady was the taken to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, where members of the public were invited to pay respects while she lay in repose.

On Tuesday, the Carter motorcade moved to Emory University's Glenn Memorial Church for the tribute service.

On Wednesday, a formal funeral service for family and friends will take place at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains.

Related: Rosalynn Carter Will Lie in Repose in Atlanta as Public Mourns First Lady's Death

(Photo courtesy of the NARA) Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in 1978
(Photo courtesy of the NARA) Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in 1978

Rosalynn died surrounded by family on Sunday afternoon, two days after she entered hospice carefollowing a dementia diagnosis in May. She was 96.

She was married to Jimmy, the 39th president of the United States, for nearly eight decades and served as the nation's barrier-breaking first lady during his White House tenure from 1977 to 1981. She is survived by their four children — Jack, Chip, Jeff, and Amy — and numerous grandchildren and great-children.

Jimmy, who terminated medical intervention in February amid his own health challenges at the age of 99, remains in hospice care.

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