US First Lady to Attend Betty Ford’s Funeral

Posted July 11th, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says President Barack Obama's wife, Michelle Obama, will attend the funeral of former first lady Betty Ford, who died Friday at the age of 93.

Mrs. Ford's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at a church in Palm Desert, California. Following the service her remains will be flown to Michigan for a public viewing and burial alongside her husband, former president Gerald Ford.

Mrs. Ford was an outspoken advocate for women's health and women's rights.

As first lady from 1974 to 1977, Betty Ford became known for her candor, famously discussing women's rights, premarital sex, and abortion in a television interview. She was diagnosed with breast cancer while at the White House, and became a champion for breast cancer research and awareness.

After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford acknowledged and sought treatment for an addiction to alcohol and painkillers. She co-founded the Betty Ford Center in California in 1982, still one of the most well-known and well-regarded treatment centers for substance abuse.