Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies at 93

Breaking News: Former First Lady Betty Ford Has Died

Former First Lady Betty Ford has passed away.  The news came from the Director of the President Gerald Ford Library.   Betty Ford was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1918,  She was 93.  She was the wife of former President Gerald Ford and the Founder of the Betty Ford Foundation.  She served as First Lady from 1974-77.  She was a passionate supporter for the Equal Rights Amendment and pro-choice for abortion.  She is survived by her children Michael, John Stephen and Susan.

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Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

Ford died Friday evening with family at her bedside, according to a family member.

Elaine Didier, the director of the Grand Rapids, Michigan, museum, confirmed Ford’s death to CNN.

No other details were immediately available.

Born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer in Chicago, she grew up in Grand Rapids. At the age of 21, she moved to New York City to work as a dancer and model before heading back to the Midwest two years later.

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The New York Times

Earlier, Nancy Reagan, the former first lady, released a statement of condolence. “She has been an inspiration to so many through her efforts to educate women about breast cancer and her wonderful work at the Betty Ford Center,” Mrs. Reagan said. “She was Jerry Ford’s strength through some very difficult days in our country’s history, and I admired her courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of us.”

via Betty Ford, Former First Lady, Dies at 93 – NYTimes.com.

Statement from President Obama on the Passing of Elizabeth Anne Ford

 Throughout her long and active life, Elizabeth Anne Ford distinguished herself through her courage and compassion. As our nation’s First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for women’s health and women’s rights.  After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment. While her death is a cause for sadness, we know that organizations such as the Betty Ford Center will honor her legacy by giving countless Americans a new lease on life.

Today, we take comfort in the knowledge that Betty and her husband, former President Gerald Ford, are together once more. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to their children, Michael, John, Steven, and Susan.

Betty Ford was the widow of former United States President Gerald R. Ford and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977. As first lady, Ford was active in social policy and shattered precedents as a politically active presidential wife (Time considered her “the most since Eleanor Roosevelt“). In the opinion of several historians,[1] Ford had more impact upon history and culture than her husband.[1]

via Betty Ford – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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