Michelle Obama to attend Betty Ford’s funeral

July 12th, 2011 - 10:05 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Palm Desert, Calif., July 12 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Several top personalities including first lady Michelle Obama and three former first ladies are expected to attend the private service at the St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert for former first lady Betty Ford. Attendance to the event will be strictly by invitation but the organizers say they will telecast the event from the church to millions of viewers.

Betty died last Friday at the age of 93 years. Before she died, Betty had her final rites figured out. Former first lady Rosalynn Carter and journalist Cokie Roberts were chosen by Betty to deliver eulogies at her service. Former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and wife Hilary Clinton as well as former first lady Nancy Reagan have all confirmed their attendance.

After the event at the church, the public will be given the chance to pay their last respect to Betty. The body will be moved to Grand Rapids, Mich. where another funeral will be held on Thursday. She will be laid down beside her husband Gerald Ford. Former first lady Barbara Bush has confirmed that she will be at the event on Thursday.

Coincidentally, the day that Betty will be buried would have been the 98th birthday of her late husband.

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