The following collection of news release and obituaries is a tribute to Ruth Graham. Mrs. Graham was a remarkable Christian woman who made an impact in the lives of thousands of people through her writings and through the ministry of her husband Billy Graham and her children.
A Partner in Ministry
"Ruth was my life partner, and we were called by God as a team," Billy Graham said yesterday in a statement. "No one else could have borne the load that she carried. . . . My work through the years would have been impossible without her encouragement and support."
A Godly Wife
"She had the ability to move among presidents and leaders, but then turn right around and clean the oven of a widow."
A Photo of a Happy Family
The Rev. Billy Graham and wife Ruth arrive in New York aboard the Queen Mary in 1954 with daughters Ruth, front, Anne, left, and Virginia.
The Daughter of a Missionary
Ruth Graham's parents were missionaries, and she envisioned marrying a man with whom she could continue that work.
A Christian Mother
"And it was she who took the lead in rearing their five children, supervised the construction of their mountain homestead - Little Piney Cove in Montreat - and otherwise anchored the family.
"I'm assuming home responsibilities," Graham explained to her husband early in their marriage, "to free you for your more important ones."
A Dear Saint of God
At the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in San Antonio that day, SBC President Frank Page led messengers in a time of prayer for Graham, whom he called a "dear saint of God."
Our prayers are with the Graham family at this time of separation.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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