DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Betty Ford (aged 93)
U.S. First Lady: wife of Gerald Ford
Elizabeth Anne Ford (Bloomer; April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) was the First Lady of the United Statesfrom 1974 to 1977, as the wife of President Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was active in social policy and set a precedent as a politically active presidential spouse. Ford also served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1973 to 1974.
DEATH: Betty Ford died of natural causes on July 8, 2011, three months after her 93rd birthday, at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.Coincidentally, she and her husband Gerald Ford were both 93 when they died; Gerald’s lifespan being 74 days longer than Betty’s.
Funeral services were held in Palm Desert, California, on July 12, 2011, with over 800 people in attendance, including former president George W. Bush, then-First Lady Michelle Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.