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  • People sign the condolence book for former first lady Betty Ford in the front lobby of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Mrs. Ford died Friday at age 93. (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Katy Batdorff)

    Current, former first ladies due at Ford funeral

    First lady Michelle Obama and three former first ladies were among dignitaries heading to California to pay tribute to former first lady Betty Ford at a funeral focusing on her twin passions: politics and her world-famous Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and alcohol treatment.

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A military honor guard carries the casket of former first lady Betty Ford to a funeral service Tuesday at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif. First lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush were among those in attendance. Mrs. Ford died Friday at age 93.

    Ford honored by other first ladies

    First ladies, past and present, and others who called the White House home remembered Betty Ford at a funeral service Tuesday, not just for her decades-long work against substance abuse but for her contributions to a political era when friendship among lawmakers helped them govern.

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  • Behind the scenes, she was also aggressive and effective, said Mrs. Roberts, who noted that Mrs. Ford's husband, former President Gerald R. Ford, confided privately that his wife badgered him relentlessly into stronger public support of equal rights for women.

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  • "Millions of women are in her debt today, and she was never afraid to speak the truth even about the most sensitive subjects, including her own struggle with alcohol and painkillers," Mrs. Carter said. "She got some criticism, but I thought she was wonderful and her honesty gave to others every single day."

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