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Betty Ford, dead at 93. Nancy Reagan, Obama, Pelosi statements UPDATE

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Former First Lady Betty Ford died Friday. She was 93.

Below, statements from former First Lady Nancy Reagan, President Obama and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.....

First Lady Michelle Obama will attend Mrs. Ford's funeral Tuesday in California.



Los Angeles, California - I was deeply saddened this afternoon when I heard of Betty Ford'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 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.

My love and deepest sympathy go out to the entire Ford family at this very sad time.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary


July 8, 2011

Statement from President Obama on the Passing of Elizabeth Anne Ford

Throughout her long and active life, Elizabeth Anne Ford distinguished herself through her courage and compassion. As our nation's First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for women's health and women's rights. After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment. While her death is a cause for sadness, we know that organizations such as the Betty Ford Center will honor her legacy by giving countless Americans a new lease on life.

Today, we take comfort in the knowledge that Betty and her husband, former President Gerald Ford, are together once more. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to their children, Michael, John, Steven, and Susan.


Pelosi Statement on the Passing on Former First Lady Betty Ford

Washington, D.C. -- Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement this evening on the passing of former First Lady Betty Ford:

"Betty Ford was a remarkable First Lady, a devoted wife, and an agent of change.

"As First Lady, Betty Ford was a political force and an advocate for the causes
in which she believed. As a breast cancer survivor, she offerred hope to other
women to overcome the disease. Her advocacy on behalf of women helped break
down discrimination. Her powerful story and support for those struggling with
addiction saved lives and helped bring the issue out of the shadows.

"Former First Lady Betty Ford will be missed by the millions who were inspired
by her example. I hope it is a comfort to her children and grandchildren that
so many grieve their loss and are praying for them in this sad time."


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