Lady Betty Ford Funeral
July 11, 2011 by USA Post
Lady Betty Ford Funeral, Funeral services for former U.S. first lady Betty Ford will begin Tuesday in Palm Springs, California, and ends with her funeral in Grand Rapids, Michigan, representatives of the Ford family, said Saturday.
Ford, wife of the late former President Gerald R. Ford, died Friday at age 93. She will be buried Thursday in what had been the 98th birthday of her husband. Born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer, the former first lady, who became best known as Betty Ford, died on Friday night with family at her side at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs.
Ford four children – Susan, Steven, John and Michael – later issued a statement expressing her sadness.
“Love the mother, the innocence, devotion and laughter enriched our lives and the lives of the millions who played along this great nation. To be in her presence was known the warmth of a truly great woman,” said.
“Going from the mother leaves a deep void, but we are pleased that immeasurable life and shared with her father.”
A co-founder of the internationally renowned Betty Ford Center in clinical addiction to California, the former first lady (1974-1977) was an outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness, the Equal Rights Amendment and substance abuse.
Details released on Saturday said a funeral to be held Tuesday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, attended for many years, starting at 11:20 a.m. local time.
Speakers at the service hopes to have the former first lady Rosalynn Carter and journalist Cokie Roberts.
After the service, members of the public may pay their respects from 5:00 pm until midnight.
On Wednesday, her coffin will be taken to Palm Springs International Airport, where a ceremony for the guests will be held before being transferred to the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan
A private service will be held there, before her remains lie in repose beginning at 7:00 pm.
On Thursday, the caravan will depart the museum at 12:15 pm and travel to the Grace Episcopal Church, where funeral service was held at 2:00 pm.
Wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Lynne, will be among the speakers at the second service, WOOD-TV reported.
After Mass, the family returned to the Gerald R. Ford Museum, where the funeral took place privately.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will be open long hours for people to sign a condolence book.
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