Mother Teresa was born Agnes Bojaxhiu on August 27, 1910. She was the youngest child in her family and despite stories to the contrary, her family was very well off when she was a child.
As she grew, Mother Teresa knew she wanted to help people, thanks to a sense of charity instilled in her by her mother. When she was 18, she began taking the steps to become a nun and when she joined an Irish convent, she took the name Sister Mary Teresa.
Mother Teresa devoted her entire adult life to helping the poor and ill. She passed away in 1997, at the age of 87.