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Rose Adams served as a friend and caregiver for Billy Graham’s mother, Morrow Coffey Graham (called Mother Graham by those who knew her), in her final years until Mother Graham’s death in 1981. Adams first saw Mother Graham as she was introduced by her son Billy at a North Carolina Crusade in 1958. Recalls Adams: “Mother Graham stood to her feet and the sweet countenance of this petite woman, clad in a white suit and crowned with white hair, looked like an angel. Never did I dream of meeting her, much less having the privilege and honor of caring for her twenty years later.” Adams and Mother Graham eventually met at a ladies Bible Class, studying scripture together at the local S&W Cafeteria.


Before caring for Mother Graham, Adams served as the superintendent of the Charlotte Rescue Mission women’s division. After Adams’ husband’s death in 1979, the Graham family asked if Adams could be a caretaker and companion for Mother Graham. Adds Adams about this time in her life: “Many times I think Mother Graham was trying to find a way to fill the void in my life, not the other way around.”


Now 85 years old, Rose Adams serves as a volunteer host in Mother Graham’s home, which is open to the public and located on the Billy Graham Library property in Charlotte, North Carolina.


Donna Lee Toney has been a colleague of Franklin Graham for thirty years. Serving Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in various capacities, she has also served in literary collaboration since 1982. Her previous collaborations include Rebel with a Cause and Billy Graham in Quotes with Franklin Graham and Billy Graham’s 2011 release of Nearing Home.

November 15, 2011