President Gerald R. Ford’s popular wife, Betty Ford, passed away in her home July 8. She inspired and educated millions with her many philanthropic interests.
One of the most outgoing and personable first ladies to date, Betty Ford, died in her home, surrounded by her children July 8. The cause of her death was not released; she was 93.
Betty was famous for her unprecedented openness about all aspects of her life — particularly with her battle with breast cancer in 1974 and her addiction and subsequent rehabilitation to alcohol and prescription drugs. In fact, she opened the Betty Ford Center, which has become one of the most prominent treatment centers in the world.
Nancy Reagan, another former first lady, released a statement expressing her sympathy upon learning the news of Betty’s death.
“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 wrote. “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.”
Betty is survived by her three sons, her daughter and five grandchildren. Our thoughts and well-wishes are with them during their time of need.