Photos of Billy and Ruth Graham Through the Years
Billy Graham and Ruth McCue Bell were married in 1943 after Billy Graham
graduated from Wheaton College. The newlyweds enjoyed walking to the
church Billy Graham pastored in Western Springs, Illinois.
Shortly after getting married, Billy Graham brought his new bride home to his father's dairy farm to meet the rest of the family.
Standing left to right: brother Melvin, Billy Graham, Sam McElroy (Catherine’s husband).
Seated: Ruth Bell Graham, Billy’s father William Franklin Graham Sr., Billy's sister Jean, Billy’s mother Morrow,
and sister Catherine.
Saying goodbye was all too common for Billy and Ruth Graham as his ministry took him all over the globe.
Billy Graham recalled, “Many a time, I’ve driven down that driveway with
tears coming down my cheeks, not wanting to leave.”
Spending time at home was always important for the Grahams.
The mantel behind Billy and Ruth Graham bears a German inscription that reads,
“A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
Their home was dedicated to God, and this phrase was a powerful reminder.
"I cannot keep up with the man," Ruth Bell Graham once said.
"In fact, taking me on a Crusade is rather like a general taking his wife to battle with him.
Our happiest times together are at home or on vacation."
Ruth Bell Graham, the daughter of a missionary surgeon, spent the first 17 years of her life in China.
During a 1988 trip to China, Ruth showed her husband where she grew up.
This photo was taken in an alcove in the home she grew up in.
Quiet moments were rare so the Grahams cherished their time together at home.
Billy Graham considered his wife his greatest spiritual adviser. “When it comes to spiritual things,
my wife has had the greatest influence on my ministry,” he said.
Here, Ruth speaks during the 1972 Cleveland, Ohio, Crusade.
Ruth Bell Graham proudly smiling as Billy Graham received the 1982 Templeton Foundation Prize
for Progress in Religion at Buckingham Palace.
"Without Ruth's partnership and encouragement over the years, my own work would have been impossible," Billy Graham said.
"We were called by God as a team."
"Your attitude to God,
your husband and your family must create an atmosphere of love,
appreciation and encouragement which every family needs,"
Ruth Bell Graham once said.
Billy and Ruth Graham celebrated 50 years of marriage in 1993,
and Ruth tried on the handmade dress she wore as a young bride.
“Ruth and I don’t have a perfect marriage," Billy Graham once said. "But we have a great one."
95 Years Young
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