Rosalynn Carter, who entered into everlasting life today at the age of 96, was born into the United Methodist Church and sustained by the living Word all her life. In 2006 she was made a deacon in her and the 39th president’s church in Plains, Georgia, Maranatha Baptist. Photo: Getty Images

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

— Book of Common Prayer