first lady en Former First Ladies to appear at an event in Grand Rapids Monday <p>Two former First Ladies will take part in a special event in Grand Rapids Monday.</p><p></p><p>Former First Ladies Barbara and Laura Bush are headlining the day-long symposium looking at the influence of First Ladies.</p><p></p><p>Elaine Didier is the Gerald R. Ford presidential museum director.&nbsp; &nbsp;She says the Bushes have spoken at similar events at presidential museums in Texas.</p><p></p><p>“They are quite a dynamo,” says Didier, “The two have a great rapport. I mean it’s really is something……a mother-in-law / daughter-in-law first lady situation.”</p><p></p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 17:26:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12021 at Former First Ladies to appear at an event in Grand Rapids Monday Former First Lady Betty Ford laid to rest today <p>Cameras shuttered but the crowds remained silent as uniformed officers&rsquo; took Betty Ford&rsquo;s casket into Grace Episcopal Church Thursday afternoon.&nbsp;</p><p>John Smith walked a few blocks from his home in East Grand Rapids to watch. Smith says despite their station in life, the Ford&rsquo;s never lost touch with working Americans.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The Fords&rsquo; represent the Camelot of the common man, and what the regular guy could aspire to as a way to live and a way to be happy and they achieved it.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 22:56:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3324 at Former First Lady Betty Ford laid to rest today Ford funeral service today in California <p><a href="">Betty Ford</a> and her husband, the late President Gerald Ford, spent much of the past thirty years in Rancho Mirage, California. About a thousand people will attend an invitation-only funeral service today in nearby Palm Desert.</p><p>Wednesday, Mrs. Ford&rsquo;s body will be flown to Michigan. A public viewing will take place tomorrow evening at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids.&nbsp;</p><p>A private funeral at Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids is planned for Thursday. Afterward, she will be buried next to her husband on the grounds of the presidential museum.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Betty Ford died last week.&nbsp; She was 93. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 3253 at Ford funeral service today in California Former First Lady Betty Ford dies <p>Betty Ford said things that first ladies just don&#39;t say, even today. And 1970s America loved her for it.</p><p>According to Mrs. Ford, her young adult children probably had smoked marijuana &mdash; and if she were their age, she&#39;d try it, too. She told &quot;60 Minutes&quot; she wouldn&#39;t be surprised to learn that her youngest, 18-year-old Susan, was in a sexual relationship (an embarrassed Susan issued a denial).</p> Sat, 09 Jul 2011 02:16:18 +0000 The Associated Press 3225 at Former First Lady Betty Ford dies