15 June 2007

Ruth Graham, 1920-2007

Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, has passed away She was 87.

MONTREAT, N.C. (ABP) -- Ruth Graham, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, died June 14 at her home at Little Piney Cove in Montreat, N.C. She was 87.

An author, philanthropist, Congressional Gold Medal winner and mother of five, Graham fell into a coma June 13. Her health declined rapidly from a bout with pneumonia a few weeks prior. She had been bedridden for several years with degenerative osteoarthritis.

Graham will be laid to rest in a private funeral June 17 in the recently dedicated Billy Graham Library. A public funeral service will take place June 16 in the Anderson Auditorium at the Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, N.C.

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