“Three days later, Billy and their five sons and daughters were ringed around Ruth’s bed, reading Scripture, singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” a hymn sung by millions of people at Graham’s crusades. Finally, at twilight, she took a few last breaths. Billy leaned over and kissed her cheek and her forehead. He asked his children to sing the doxology with him, and they struggled through it, praising God, “from whom all blessings flow.” The cat that had been shooed away from the bed for months was now allowed to jump on and curl up beside her. And then the family lit a fire in her fireplace, just the way she had liked it. “I know God has prepared a home for her in heaven,” Billy told his friends at her burial. “I just hope she saves a room for me.””
– Time Magazine posts a moving narrative of the last days of Ruth Graham and the impact of her death on her husband.