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Betty Ford

U.S. First Lady: wife of Gerald Ford

Elizabeth Ann Bloomer Warren Ford (April 8, 1918 — July 8, 2011) was the widow of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States. She was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977.

Elizabeth "Betty" Ford
Betty Ford, official White House photo color, 1974.jpg
1st Chairman of the Board, Betty Ford Center
In office
Preceded byNone
Succeeded bySusan Ford
First Lady of the United States
In office
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
Preceded byPat Nixon
Succeeded byRosalynn Carter
Second Lady of the United States
In office
December 6, 1973 – August 9, 1974
Preceded byJudy Agnew
Succeeded byHappy Rockefeller
Personal details
Born(1918-04-08)April 8, 1918
Chicago, Illinois, USA
DiedJuly 8, 2011(2011-07-08) (aged 93)
Rancho Mirage, California, USA
Spouse(s)William G. Warren
(m. 1942-1947, divorced)
Gerald R. Ford
(m. 1948-2006, his death)
ChildrenMichael, Jack, Steven, Susan
ParentsWilliam Stephenson Bloomer
Hortense Neahr
OccupationFirst Lady of the United States


Early lifeEdit

She was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her birth name was Betty Bloomer. Her parents were Hortense Neahr and William Stephenson Bloomer. She was the third child of her parents. She had two older brothers named Robert and William, Jr. She spent her childhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from school there. In 1935, she graduated in dance from the Calla Travis Dance Studio. She gave dance lessons to earn money during the Great Depression.


Betty Bloomer married William G. (Bill) Warren, a furniture salesman. But the marriage did not last long. They divorced in 1947.

After that she started dating Gerald Ford. Ford was a good football player at his college, and a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale Law School. They married on October 15, 1948. The Fords have three sons and one daughter:

Personal familyEdit

As of 2005, the Fords have seven grandchildren.

First Lady tenureEdit

In 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned. Nixon had named Gerald Ford as the Vice President of the United States. After Nixon's resignation, Ford became the 38th President of the United States. Betty Ford became the First Lady.

As the First Lady, Betty Ford played an active role. She spoke on many issues. She spoke on political and many other things. She had an open mind, and spoke honestly about benefit of mild psychiatric treatment. She also talked about marijuana use and premarital sex. She always supported women's rights. Her surgery for breast cancer made the public more aware of this disease.

After being First LadyEdit

In 1987, Betty Ford found a place into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. In 1978, she published her autobiography The Times of My Life. In 1999, President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford jointly got the Congressional Gold Medal, "in recognition of their dedicated public service and outstanding humanitarian contributions to the people of the United States of America."

Personal lifeEdit

In 2003, Betty Ford published Healing and Hope: Six Women from the Betty Ford Center Share Their Powerful Journeys of Addiction and Recovery.

She was the active Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Betty Ford Center, until 2005, when she gave that position to her daughter, Susan.


Betty Ford died on July 8, 2011 with her family by her bed.[1]


  1. "Former first lady Betty Ford dies at the age of 93". 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-07-08.