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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in Grand Rapids in Honor of Late Betty Ford

Rosalynn Carter can readily identify with Betty Ford.

They served as first ladies at The White House in back-to-back terms in the 1970s.

Today, Carter, the wife of former President Jimmy Carter, is in Grand Rapids in honor of the 96th birthday of the late Ford, the spouse of former President Gerald Ford.

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First Lady Betty Ford Comes Home To Grand Rapids [PHOTOS]

First Lady Betty Ford arrived in Grand Rapids yesterday via the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.  The plane landed a few minutes before 5pm and was greeted by Governor Snyder and Mayor George Heartwell.  The motorcade, carrying the late Betty Ford, then traveled to the Gerald R. Ford Museum for a public viewing and memorial service.

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Betty Ford Funeral in California-WZZM 13 News
Betty Ford Funeral in California-WZZM 13 News
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Betty Ford’s First Of Two Funerals Held In California [Video]

WZZM 13 reports mourners at the service at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church included guests with ties to every presidential administration for more than half a century, Republican and Democrat.  Betty Ford was remembered as a Trail blazer because of the Betty Ford Center which has helped millions.

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Steven Tyler and Stevie Nicks Pay Tribute to Betty Ford

It's always a national story when a former first lady dies -- but when Betty Ford passed away over the weekend at the age of 93, the news affected not only those who remembered her years in the White House, but the thousands of people whose lives were affected by her groundbreaking work in addiction therapy.

Long before 'rehab' became a popular concept, Ford lent her name to the treatment center that has provided a safe haven and recovery tools to countless patients struggling with drug and alcohol addiction -- and two of the center's most well-known former residents have spoken out in remembrance of her work.

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Remembering Betty Ford-Video from WZZM 13 News
Remembering Betty Ford-Video from WZZM 13 News
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WZZM 13 Reports The Betty Ford Procession Route [Video]

WZZM 13 news reports on Wednesday Betty Ford's body will be flown into Grand Rapids airport around 5:00 PM.

She will take nearly the same route that her husband took to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.  After leaving the airport she will head down 28th street, onto I-96 westbound to I-196 to downtown and then to the Museum.

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Betty Ford Funeral Plans

Betty Ford passed away on Friday.  She was 93.  Funeral plans are now set.

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Fun Stuff To Do For FREE Today Around Grand Rapids!

Just because Spring break is almost over doesn't mean there isn't something FREE to take advantage of around town today!

--FREE admission to the Ford Presidential Museum today to celebrate Betty Ford's 93rd birthday

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