FOX 17 Coverage: Remembering Betty Ford

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People lined up Saturday morning to catch the first glimpse and pay respects at the burial site of Former First Lady Betty Ford.

The gates opened at 9:30 a.m. to the public.

Early visitors included a woman from Stockton, California, who arrived in Grand Rapids on Wednesday for a conference with her philanthropic sorority.

"She had a voice and she used it," Jenny Wade toldFOX 17 News.  “I think it’s important for women to known they do have a voice and I liked what her children said about her and I think that is the ultimate recognition.”

Mrs. Ford was buried next to her late husband, Former President Gerald Ford, in an interment site just north of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. She passed away July 8, 2011, of natural causes at the age of 93.

The site will remain open during the museum's regular hours. A condolence book is still in the lobby of the museum for the public to sign.

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