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Palm Springs hosts Betty Ford funeral

July 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM
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PALM SPRINGS, Calif., July 12 (UPI) -- Police in Palm Springs, Calif., said they closed roads around the church where funeral services for Betty Ford were to be held Tuesday.

The former first lady died last week and was given a final sendoff in her adopted California hometown before her remains were to be flown to Grand Rapids, Mich., for final internment next to her late husband, President Gerald Ford.

Although members of the public were given an opportunity to pay their respects at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, there was also a high-powered crowd in town that included first lady Michelle Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Former first ladies Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan and Rosalyn Carter were also invited. Carter was to give one of the eulogies along with news commentator Cokie Roberts and Geoffrey Mason, head of the famed Betty Ford Clinic.

The Los Angeles Times said florists were filling orders for remembrance bouquets from around the world and from Palm Springs where the Fords were remembered fondly.

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