(CNN) — Here is a look at the life of Rosalynn Carter, wife of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
♦ Birth date: Aug. 18, 1927
♦ Birth place: Plains, Georgia
♦ Birth name: Eleanor Rosalynn Smith
♦ Father: Wilburn Smith, mechanic
♦ Mother: Allethea (Murray) Smith
♦ Marriage: Jimmy Carter (July 7, 1946-present)
♦ Children: Amy, Oct. 19, 1967; Jeff, Aug. 18, 1952; James Earl III (Chip), April 12, 1950; Jack, July 3, 1947
♦ President of the board of directors for the “Rosalynn Carter Institute of Caregiving” at Georgia Southwestern State University.
♦ Works for Habitat for Humanity, a group of volunteers that builds homes for the needy.
♦ Advocate for mental health, early childhood immunization, human rights and conflict resolution.
1946: Graduates from Georgia Southwestern College.
1953: The Carters return to Plains and run the family peanut, seed and fertilizer business.
1962: Jimmy Carter enters politics and wins a seat in the Georgia Senate.
1977-1981: As first lady, she focuses national attention on performing arts and mental health.
1977-1978: Serves as the Honorary Chairperson of the President’s Commission on Mental Health, and is instrumental in the passage of the 1980 Mental Health Systems Act.
1982: Founds the Carter Center with her husband.
1984: Publishes the book “First Lady from Plains.”
1985: Initiates the annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy.
1987: Publishes the book “Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life” with Jimmy Carter.
1991: Co-launches Every Child By Two, a nationwide campaign to promote childhood immunizations, with Betty Bumpers, the wife of Sen. Dale Bumpers of Arkansas.
1991-1999: Serves on the policy advisory board of The Atlanta Project, a program of the Carter Center that addresses the social ills associated with poverty and quality of life around Atlanta.
1994: Publishes the book “Helping Yourself Help Others: A Book for Caregivers.”
1999: Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
1999: Publishes the book “Helping Someone with Mental Illness: A Compassionate Guide for Family, Friends and Caregivers,” with Susan K. Golant.
2001: Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
2010: Publishes the book “Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis” with Susan K. Golant and Kathryn E. Cade.