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Ruth Stapleton (Carter)

Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, United States
Death: September 26, 1983 (54)
Georgia, United States (pancreatic cancer )
Place of Burial: Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Earl Carter, Sr. and Bessie Lillian Carter
Wife of Private
Mother of Private; Private; Private and Private
Sister of James Earl Carter, Jr.; Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States; Gloria Spann and William Alton (Billy) Carter
Half sister of Private

Occupation: Christian evangelist
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About Ruth Stapleton

Ruth Carter Stapleton was a sister of Jimmy Carter and was known in her own right as a Christian evangelist. She died of pancreatic cancer in 1983.

The sister of Jimmy Carter and was known in her own right as a Christian evangelist.

In 1977, she became friends with pornographer Larry Flynt and managed to briefly convert him to Christianity. She was portrayed during this portion of Flynt's life by Donna Hanover in the film The People vs. Larry Flynt. In the film Times of Harvey Milk, it is mentioned that Stapleton offered to try to convert Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay elected public official, to heterosexuality if he accepted Jesus as his savior (Milk was Jewish).

Stapleton was also known for her involvement in the healing ministry, especially in healing of memories. Her books, The Gift of Inner Healing, The Experience of Inner Healing and In His Footsteps: The Healing Ministry of Jesus, Then and Now, illustrate her beliefs on inner healing, which involved healing of memories, in which a person would go over their memories and bring Jesus into the memory to help them forgive, or be comforted as required by Jesus. Not all people were in favour of her ministry, regarding it as akin to witchcraft. For many years though, she spoke at many churches over her experiences and led inner healing workshops.


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Ruth Stapleton's Timeline

August 7, 1929
Plains, Georgia, United States
September 26, 1983
Age 54
Georgia, United States
September 28, 1983
Age 54
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States