Betty Ford to be buried next to husband

Hundreds of people who admired former first lady Betty Ford are expected to gather today along the route from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum to the Episcopal church where she was to be memorialized for a final time. Ford will be buried today in the city where she grew up and wed the man who became the only president from Michigan. On Wednesday, hundreds filed past her flower-draped casket during a public viewing at the museum.
AP Wire
Jul 14, 2011

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.

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