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1977. Biography

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This is the text of a biography prepared by the public relations department of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. It was included in the press packet that was distributed to news organizations during the 1977 Metro manila Billy Graham Crusade held in Manila, Philippines.

PROFILE

RUTH BELL GRAHAM

Ruth Bell Graham, by staying home and rearing her five children. has become one of the most famous women in America. Her marriage to world-traveling evangelist Billy Graham has thrust her into a position of prominence which she has neither sought nor used. Yet her close friends and associates have no doubt that Ruth Graham is in her own right a person whom the world should know better.

Born in the mission compound at Tsing Kiang Pu, North Kaingsu, China, in June, 1920, Ruth McCue Bell was the second of five children. Her parents are Dr. and Mrs. L. Nelson Bell (both deceased), her father being chief surgeon at the Presbyterian Hospital 300 miles north of Shanghai. At the age of 13 years she enrolled in high school in Pyongyang, North Korea. In 1941, after 25 years of service, the Bell family was forced to leave China by Japanese and Communist invasions. Ruth completed her high school education at Montreat, North Carolina, and matriculated at Wheaton College, Illinois, where she was graduated in 1943.

The Grahams met while students at Wheaton and were married the August after graduation at Montreat. Ruth became a minister's wife for a brief period when Billy served a church in Western Springs, Illinois. Since then she has made her home in Montreat, where her five children, Virginia (Gigi) , Anne, Ruth (Bunny) , Franklin and Nelson Edman (Ned) were born.

Mrs. Graham's daughters and elder son are now married and she has nine grandchildren. Her brother, the Reverend B. Clayton Bell, is pastor of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas. She has two sisters: Mrs. C. Donald Montgomery who resides in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where her husband is associated with the atomic energy commission, and Mrs. John Somerville who with her husband are missionaries of the Southern Presbyterian Church in Taejon, Korea.

Mrs. Graham is the author of a book published by Thomas Nelson & Sons (New York), entitled "Our Christmas Story."


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