Ruth Bell Graham was a Christian author and the wife of the Rev. Billy Graham. Ruth’s significant role in her husband's world-wide ministry was recognized in 1996 when she and Billy were jointly awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their evangelism efforts. She is the author of 14 books, including Prodigals and Those Who Love Them, Sitting by My Laughing Fire, and One Wintry Night. She founded the "Ruth and Billy Graham Children's Health Center" in Asheville, North Carolina in 1966, and remained active in that ministry until her death. Ruth entered Heaven knowing that she and Billy raised their five children and many grandchildren to know the Lord.