They lasted five years while waiting for her divorce

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was a salesman who traveled frequently; she was unhappy. They lasted five years. While waiting for her divorce to become final, she met and began dating, as she put it in her memoir, “probably the most eligible bachelor in Grand Rapids” — former college football star, Navy veteran and lawyer Jerry Ford. They would be married for 58 years, until his death in December 2006. While her husband campaigned for weeks at a time or worked late on Capitol Hill, she raised their four children: Michael, Jack, Steven and Susan. She arranged luncheons for congressional wives, helped with her husband’s campaigns, became a Cub Scout den mother, taught Sunday school. Betty Ford 2
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Betty Ford INTERESTING FACTS This First Lady's full name was Elizabeth Bloomer but she was called by the pet name "Betty" by her family, friends and husband. She was the 1st First Lady to chat to people via CB Radio using the 'handle' of "First Mama". Her triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center in California. Feeling overwhelmed and underappreciated, she suffered an emotional breakdown that led to weekly visits with a psychiatrist. She spoke up unapologetically for abortion rights (legalization of abortion), taking a position contrary to the president’s. “Having babies is a blessing, not a duty,” Mrs. Ford said. She used her influence to lobby aggressively for the Equal Rights Amendment, which failed nonetheless, and to speak against child abuse, raise money for handicapped children, and champion the performing arts. She went through a mastectomy and spoke out about breast cancer awareness. Her candor and openness about her private life was virtually unprecedented for such a high profile public figure. When Gerald Ford was inaugurated as president, he singled out Betty by saying, "I am indebted to no man and only to one woman -- my dear wife." Betty Ford 3
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