Bil Browning

Former First Lady Betty Ford Dies

Filed By Bil Browning | July 08, 2011 9:16 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Politics
Tags: Betty Ford, Former First Lady, obituary

Former First Lady Betty Ford has died at age 93. Mrs. Ford was highly regarded during her husband's presidency; her public struggles with breast cancer and addiction inspired the nation and resulted in the famous Betty Ford Center.

She was taken to Eisenhower Medical Center near her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., where she passed away, Lee Rice, a spokesman for the hospital, told NBC News.
Nancy Reagan was among the first to mourn her passing.

"I was deeply saddened this afternoon when I heard of Betty Ford's death," the wife of the late President Ronald Reagan said in a statement. "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. 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."


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