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Remembering Betty Ford

Jaffa King

Remembering Betty Ford

CREATED Jul. 8, 2011

RANCHO MIRAGE- Former first lady Betty Ford died at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage Friday evening.

We've learned Betty Ford suffered a stroke last week and was brought to Eisenhower Medical Center for several days before being sent home by doctors, only to return Friday where she passed away surrounded by her family.

The family of President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford issued the following statement:

"It is with great sadness that we inform you that our beloved mother Betty Ford has passed away at 93 years of age. She died peacefully today at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California.

Mother's love, candor, devotion, and laughter enriched our lives and the lives of the millions she touched throughout this great nation. To be in her presence was to know the warmth of a truly great lady.

Mother's passing leaves a deep void, but it also fills us with immeasurable appreciation for the life we and Dad shared with her."

Susan Ford Bales
Steven Meigs Ford
John Gardner Ford
Michael Gerald Ford

Funeral details for Mrs. Betty Ford, wife of the 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford:

Tuesday, July 12th:  Funeral service at Saint Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert , at 11 a.m. her casket will arrive.

Services will begin at 2 p.m. and go until 3:30 p.m.

A public repose will then be held from 5 p.m. until midnight. (People attending the public repose on Tuesday, must take a shuttle from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The public is encouraged to get there by 3 p.m.)

On Wednesday, July 13th: At 9 a.m. a motorcade will arrive at the Palm Springs International Airport, where a plane will depart for Michigan. Mrs. Ford will be buried along side her husband at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.

For those considering sending flowers or making a contribution in honor of Mrs. Ford, her family has requested that contributions and donations in lieu of flowers be made to the organizations found on the Contributions page.

To send a message of condolence to the Ford family, click here: Condolence Book

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor are offering extended hours in their lobby areas for those who wish to express their sympathy to the Ford family, including signing a condolence book.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Museum lobby will be open 24 hours a day until further notice beginning at 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8th in order to enable the public to sign a condolence book. The Museum's other areas, including all exhibit galleries and the gift store, will be closed for approximately 7 days beginning Saturday, July 9th.

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Library lobby will be closed until Monday, July 11th at 9:00 a.m. and then open 9:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.