Ruth Graham Passes Away (1920-2007)

Ruth and Billy Graham Ruth Graham, the wife of well-known evangelist Billy Graham, passed away today at 5:05 pm at her home at Little Piney Cove, surrounded by her husband and all five of their children. Ruth had been bedridden for a number of months with degenerative osteoarthritis of the back and neck and underwent treatment for pneumonia two weeks ago. She was 87 years old.

Billy Graham made the following statement about his wife:

Young Ruth Graham Ruth was my life partner, and we were called by God as a team. No one else could have borne the load that she carried. She was a vital and integral part of our ministry, and my work through the years would have been impossible without her encouragement and support.

I am so grateful to the Lord that He gave me Ruth, and especially for these last few years we’ve had in the mountains together. We’ve rekindled the romance of our youth, and my love for her continued to grow deeper every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day I can join her in Heaven.

The family plans to hold a private interment ceremony and a public memorial service. Service arrangements have not yet been announced.

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  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    I sat and cried when I read this – for a woman I never met but for whom I had the deepest respect. She honored her husband even when he left her for months at a time, loving him, praying for him, enabling him to reach a world for Christ by her own self-sacrifice. She prayed for wayward children in faith and trust and she stayed faithful to the end. Well done, Ruth. You have left an example worthy of following.

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