Ruth Bell Graham’s Dress and Coat

Ruth Bell Graham wore this light blue sleeveless dress and matching coat for “Billy Graham Day” in Charlotte, NC 1971.

On October 15, 1971, a “Billy Graham Day” celebration and parade was held in Charlotte, North Carolina. Presented by President Nixon, a historic marker was unveiled commemorating Billy Graham’s birthplace in Charlotte.

For this occasion, Ruth Bell Graham, Billy Graham’s wife, wore a light blue sleeveless dress with a matching coat. This timeless outfit was recently displayed at the Billy Graham Library in The Journey of Faith tour. Visit today to see more artifacts from Ruth’s life.

Throughout Mr. Graham’s life of ministry, Ruth was his greatest support. Their son, Franklin Graham, once said, “Daddy would be the first to say that Mama’s strength is behind much of his success…” (Living Beyond the Limits). The strength, humility, and love that Ruth exemplified flowed from her personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In Just As I Am, Billy Graham talks of Ruth’s source of strength in motherhood saying, “If Ruth had not been convinced that God had called her to fulfill that side of our partnership, and had not resorted constantly to God’s Word for instruction and to His grace for strength, I don’t see how she could have survived.” Billy thought very highly of Ruth, always thankful for her faith and love.

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  1. Carole Bolesky says:

    Nice article. Enjoyed my tour of the Library etc.

  2. Malana L Walleck says:

    He brought me closer to God all these years , from 1970 – 2018 …..

  3. David W. Trekell says:

    I am now 81-years-old, but still doing business and ministry in the synthetics oil business. I’m showing folks how to save time, save money and save equipment with Amsoil syn lubes. I have known the Billy Graham ministry for over 50 years. I have visited the Library twice in the last 18 months, and am most grateful to God for the Graham’s and the ministry.

  4. Mary Anders says:

    I have always admired Billy and Ruth for their ministry. When a young girl, I knew I would marry a minister and serve Christ fully with my WHOLE LIFE!! I did marry a humble WWII Veteran, who came home from the war, attended college and seminary, and whom I finally met as he came to minister to the Ball State University Baptist Students at the beginning of my senior year.

    We fell in love, knowing our purpose was to serve and witness together. We married after I graduated in 1955, and continued our life of service together, giving birth to three children who are in a ministry of service, as well.

    My husband passed in August of 1915 at the age of 91. I continue serving in our home church. I am grateful for God’s blessings.

  5. paul mumba says:

    Thanks Ruth. God bless you. Continue God’s work.

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