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Ruth Graham laid to rest at the Billy Graham Library

Evangelist Billy Graham shares fond memories of Ruth Bell Graham, his wife of more than 64 years, with family and close friends at a private interment in 2007 in Charlotte. "You are such a wonderful family -- she loved you all," he said. "The Bible says the Lord has prepared a place for us, and I know he has prepared a home for her -- I hope she saves a room for me."
Evangelist Billy Graham shares fond memories of Ruth Bell Graham, his wife of more than 64 years, with family and close friends at a private interment in 2007 in Charlotte. "You are such a wonderful family -- she loved you all," he said. "The Bible says the Lord has prepared a place for us, and I know he has prepared a home for her -- I hope she saves a room for me."

CHARLOTTE -- Ruth Graham was buried Sunday at the foot of a cross-shaped walkway in the woodsy Prayer Garden on the grounds of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte.

Her family gathered for a private service at noon, during which they sang "Amazing Grace" and heard Billy Graham and two ministers speak, according to Graham spokesman Larry Ross, who released an account of the service.

"The Bible says the Lord has prepared a place for us, and I know he has prepared a home for her -- I hope she saves a room for me," said Graham of his wife of almost 64 years, who died Thursday at 87.

The Charlotte-born evangelist kissed and prayed over a red rose before placing it on her casket, which was adorned with a bed of lilies -- the Christian symbol for resurrection.

Graham also told his assembled children and grandchildren that he is "looking forward to the ... next service here," when Graham, now 88, will be buried next to his wife.

Like Ruth Graham, he will be buried in a birch plywood coffin built by three inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La.

Starting Monday, visitors at the Billy Graham Library can view Ruth Graham's gravesite, which is in the Prayer Garden on the library grounds in Charlotte.

The library is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission and parking are free.

The address is 4330 Westmont Drive. Westmont is located off Billy Graham Parkway west of I-77.

The telephone number is (704) 401-3200.

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