Photo: Betty Ford Passes Away at Age 93
Betty Fords’ family has just announced that the former first lady and widow of the late President Gerald Ford had died at age 93 with her family at her side in Rancho Mirage, California. Betty Ford was also know as the co-founder of the Betty Ford Center that serves as a treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction located in California.
The former Elizabeth Anne Bloomer was born in Chicago and wed the future President of the United States in 1948 after a brief first marriage. She was named Newsweek’s woman of the year in 1975 for her controversial remarks at the time regarding abortion and sexual relations and her brave and public fight with breast cancer.
Betty Ford became a widow when President Gerald R. Ford died in 2006. She has publicly supported the Equal Rights Amendment and the Supreme Court’s position on legalized abortion.
Upon her passing President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of First Lady Betty Ford. As a staunch advocate for women’s and equal rights, Betty paved the way for generations of women to follow. Her courage, compassion, and commitment to helping our nation deal with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction helped thousands of people to a successful recovery and in the process she helped to save countless families. We were honored to host President and Mrs. Ford at the White House in 1998 when they received the Congressional Gold Medal for their dedication and service to our nation.
Betty was a remarkable woman whose legacy will live on in people around the country whose lives are longer and better because of her work. Our thoughts and prayers are with her children and grandchildren. We are grateful for her contributions, and for her kindness to us. We will miss her.