Mamie Geneva Doud was born with a rheumatic heart, and her older sister had asthma. In an effort to improve the girls’ health, their father moved the family from Iowa and eventually settled in Denver in 1905. In 1915 she met then-Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, when her father took the family to winter in Texas. Surviving the nomadic life of a military wife with grace and dignity, Eisenhower bore two sons. As first lady, she supported many important causes and made the position productive and meaningful. On one of her later appearances, on July 8, 1963, she dedicated the Mamie Eisenhower Library in Broomfield, Colorado, and presented it with 337 volumes from her father’s personal library. She is buried next to her husband at the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas.