Former First Lady Betty Ford Dead at 93 – ABC News

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Former First Lady Betty Ford Dead at 93 – ABC News.

“She was married to Gerald Ford for 58 years. Shortly after becoming president in 1974, Ford said, “I am indebted to no man and to only one woman, my dear wife.”

“From a young age, she had a passion for dancing. She studied dance under Martha Graham in New York, working as a fashion model to finance her studies. She joined Graham’s auxiliary troupe and eventually performed with the company at Carnegie Hall.

“As Betty Ford recounted at the time, the wedding was delayed until shortly before the election because, “Jerry was running for Congress and wasn’t sure how voters might feel about his marrying a divorced ex-dancer.”

“She was also outspoken on women’s rights issues. She supported the equal rights amendment and the legalization of abortion.”

 

† Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.  May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercies of  God rest in peace, Amen. †

 

First thoughts:

Definitely didn’t agree with her stance on abortion, and I had no idea she was a Graham dancer who performed in Carnegie.

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