“What a magnificent gift was Ruth Graham.”
Ruth Graham retained her beauty even in death and surely "had a great reception in heaven," an ailing Billy Graham told mourners who gathered Saturday to remember his beloved wife.
"I wish you could look in that casket because she's so beautiful," said Graham, clinging to his walker. "She was a wonderful woman..."
"I thank you mama for your example, for your love, for your wit, for your humor, for your craziness," he said. "I love you for all of it and I'm going to miss you terribly."
...He wasn't expected to speak Saturday but surprised the crowd with his words, perhaps spurred by the sight of his 19 grandchildren.
"God bless all these grandchildren. Some of them I haven't seen in a long time. Some of them I've never seen," he said, drawing laughter from the audience. "Lots of love to everyone, and thank you..."
...A spokesman said she died peacefully with her husband and all five of her children at her bedside.
"Though our hearts are heavy with loss, we dare rejoice, for Ruth is home with you," said Rev. Richard White, Graham's pastor at Montreat Presbyterian. "Her sorrows are ended."
Her simple coffin, adorned with flowers, was chosen after son Franklin noticed inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary building the caskets for themselves and others who could not afford to purchase regular coffins.
Ruth Graham is now at peace.
Ruth Powell write, "What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God."
What a magnificent gift was Ruth Graham.