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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham prayed then kissed a red rose and placed it on Ruth Graham’s casket during a private burial yesterday at the library recently opened in his honor.
Mr. Graham, 88, told his children and grandchildren that he was “looking forward to the … next service here” when the world’s most famous evangelist is buried next to his wife, the Charlotte Observer reported.
Mrs. Graham died Thursday at age 87 following a lengthy illness. She was her husband’s closest confidant, and was remembered Saturday during a public service in Montreat as a spiritual stalwart and modest mentor.
She was buried at the foot of a cross-shaped walkway in the woodsy Prayer Garden at the Billy Graham Library in her husband’s hometown.
“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,” Mr. Graham said of his wife of almost 64 years.
Mrs. Graham’s casket was adorned with a bed of lilies, the Christian symbol for resurrection.
Mrs. Graham, like his wife, will be buried in a birch plywood coffin built by inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. The Grahams” son Franklin made the request after seeing the coffins on a visit to the Angola prison and being struck by their simplicity, according to a statement from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The coffins cost $215 each.
Visitors to the library starting today can view Mrs. Graham’s grave site.
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