Daily Archives: July 9, 2011

Betty Ford, Former First Lady, Dies at 93

Betty Ford, much-admired wife of the late President Gerald R. Ford , who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in the nation (The Betty Ford Clinic), died Friday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 93.

The news of her death at Eisenhower Medical Center brought statements of condolence from President Obama, former Presidents George Bush, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, and Nancy Reagan, the former first lady.

“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.”

– said Nancy Reagan.