Betty Ford, the former first lady who was married to President Gerald Ford, has died at 93 years of age at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, California with family at her side. She was a co-founder of the addiction-treatment center in California that is named after her.
Mrs. Ford was born in Chicago as Elizabeth Anne Bloomer and was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Her first marriage of five years was to William Warren. A year after divorcing, she married Gerald Ford in 1948 – the year he first became a U.S. Congressman.
After her second husband became an elected U.S Congressman and moved up the ranks to replace President Richard M. Nixon’s Vice President Spiro T. Agnew when Agnew stepped down, he became President ten months later when Nixon resigned due to the Watergate scandal. Gerald Ford was the 38th President of these United States.
Mrs. Ford continued to make her own headlines when she was public about her alcohol and prescription pain-killer abuse in the years that followed her husband’s presidency. She has been credited with changing attitudes about addiction in America to a more positive and tolerant understanding of the concern.
President Gerald Ford passed away five years ago, also at the age of 93.
Mrs. Ford received many tributes and honors during her lifetime.
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