Lillian Carter was born Lillian Gordy in a small town a few miles west of Plains. Miss Lillian, as she was affectionately titled by Americans during the Carter Administration, broke the barriers of segregation in her husband's home town of Plains, practicing nursing in the poor black area of town. Her son, Jimmy Carter, would later credit her with setting a "moral example" for him in her actions. After watching Jimmy's father die from cancer in 1953, Miss Lillian continued her work as a nurse, traveling to India in 1967 as a member of the Peace Corps. When Carter decided to run for president, Miss Lillian was the first person he told (Roslyn was involved in the decision). On October 18, 2001, a major nursing center named in her honor was dedicated by her son in Plains.