Summary: former first lady of the United States and widow of former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford (d. 2006) whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center in California, where she won acclaim for her candor, wit, and courage as she fought breast cancer, severe arthritis, and the twin addictions of drugs and alcohol, but who also pressed for abortion rights and women's rights.
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Born: April 8, 1918
Died: July 8, 2011
Location: Rancho Mirage, California