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Carter, Bessie Lillian Gordy

Born: 1898 AD
Died: 1983 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Nurses


1898 - Born on August 15th in Richland, Georgia. American nurse.

         - Bessie Lillian Gordy Carter was the mother of the 39th President of the United States, James "Jimmy" Carter.

1920 - She left Richland for a career as a nurse.

         - She had dreamed of being a nurse and when she was accepted as a trainee at the Wise Sanitarium, the 22-year-old Miss Gordy moved to Plains.

         - Lillian met Earl Carter, who was a successful business man in Plains.

1923 - Married to Earl Carter on September 26th at Plains Baptist Church.

1966 - At the age of 68, Lillian decided to join the Peace Corp.

         - She used her nursing skills to help those less fortunate in India.

1983 - Died on October 30th.


Page last updated: 12:22pm, 17th Sep '07

  • "Sometimes when I look at all my children, I say to myself,"Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin."