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Mrs. Lillian Carter, ex-President's mother

Lillian Carter, who passed on Sunday near the family home in Plains, Ga., was the mother of former President Jimmy Carter and a colorful figure on the American scene.

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Known as "Miss Lillian" after the custom of the South, Mrs. Carter was known for her independence and outspoken, homespun philosophy. Her determined character was illustrated by her becoming a nurse over her parents' objections, her insistence on nursing poor blacks in the deeply segregated South, and her service in the Peace Corps in India at a late age.

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