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Betty Ford was graceful and forceful, by Mary Ann Sorrentino

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Posted: Monday, July 11, 2011 12:15 pm | Updated: 12:26 pm, Mon Jul 11, 2011.

Like many other Americans, I was sad to read of the passing of former First Lady Betty Ford, and, again like most of them, I found I hadn’t really known and appreciated the height of her greatness.

I hadn’t known, for example, that she had a first marriage before her union with the late Gerald Ford. William G. Warren and Betty Ford were married for five years before they divorced in 1947. After a debilitating coma probably precipitated by the salesman’s alcoholism made him an invalid, she spent more than two years caring for her husband in the home they shared with his parents. Ford said that experience crystallized her concerns for women.

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