Ruth Bell Graham, wife of the Rev. Billy Graham, passed away today at 5:05 pm. She was 87.
“Ruth was my life partner, and we were called by God as a team,” Billy Graham said in a statement. “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.”
She will be buried at the Billy Graham Library Museum (scroll) in Charlotte.
My condolences to the Graham family.
The Reverend himself suffers from a multitude of health issues, including prostate cancer and Parkinson’s, so I have to wonder how long he will be able to hang on, especially considering he just lost the love of his life.