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Betty Ford to be buried next to husband

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Ford died Friday at age 93, and will be interred on the museum grounds next to next to her husband on what would have been his 98th birthday.

Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was to speak at today’s service at Grace Episcopal Church, where the Fords married and where Gerald

Ford also was memorialized following his death in 2006. Former first lady Barbara Bush and former President Bill Clinton also were expected to attend.

A smaller service was held Wednesday after Ford’s casket landed at Gerald R. Ford International Airport and was escorted in a procession to the museum.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other dignitaries attended that service with the Ford family prior to the public viewing. On Tuesday, a service at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif., was attended by 800 people, including former President George W. Bush and first lady Michelle Obama.

At least 300 mourners paid their respects Wednesday, some carrying flags and others sharing thoughts about the importance of the Fords to Grand Rapids and Michigan. The four-hour viewing followed a similar, and sometimes tearful, send-off by thousands of well-wishers in California earlier in the day.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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