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Former first lady Betty Ford dies passed away at 93

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The former First Lady of the United States, Betty Ford has passed away at the age of 93. According to the reports she has passed away on Friday evening, July 8 with family at her bedside.

The death of the co-founder of Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, California has been confirmed by the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. However, the reasons behind her death other details were not available.

After news of her passing broke, condolences began driving in. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan said that, Betty Ford 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.

Nancy Reagan added that Betty Ford has been her strength through some very difficult days in our country’s history, and she admired Betty courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of them. Finally she completed by saying my love and deepest sympathy go out to the entire Ford family at this very sad time.

George H.W. Bush former President and his wife Barbara loved Betty Ford very much. Bush described Betty as a wonderful wife, mother, great friend and courageous First Lady.

Betty Ford served as the First Lady from 1974 – 1977. She helped founded the Betty Ford Clinic after she herself overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills. A survivor of breast cancer, she went to become one of the earliest advocates for breast cancer awareness.

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