Ruth Graham Has Died

Ruth Graham, the wife of evangelist Billy Graham, died Thursday after her condition worsened. She was 87 years old.

Graham had slipped in and out of a coma since Wednesday morning. Billy Graham and the couple’s children have been at her bedside.

Ruth Graham rallied briefly after she received pneumonia treatment recently, but her health worsened because of her weakened condition.

She had asked in recent weeks that a stomach tube used to provide her with food and fluids be removed. The tube accidentally fell out earlier this week, and the family spokesman says the Grahams decided to stop giving her nutrients.

Mrs. Graham had been bedridden for months with degenerative osteoarthritis of the back and neck.

A memorial service for Graham is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in Montreat, with a private burial Sunday at the Billy Graham library in Charlotte.

President Bush and First Lady Laura called Ruth Graham, “A remarkable woman of faith whose life was defined by her belief in a personal, loving, and gracious God. She was an encouraging friend, accomplished poet, and devoted mother of five and grandmother of 19.”