FOX 17 Reporter
7:35 AM PDT, July 14, 2011
Virgelyn Merdzinski and her twin sister Evelyn Koskus remember former First Lady, Betty Ford, as upbeat and stylish woman at Central High School.
“She was always friendly and very nice,” Merdzinski said.
“You couldn't help but take a second look at her when she came by,” Koskus said. “Sometimes you'd probably say what is she wearing today?”
This weekend the pair joined the crowds signing Ford’s guestbook at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
“I’m here to pay my respects and remember her,” Koskus said. “She was quite the lady.”
Merdzinski says even after high school, Ford sent her Christmas cards. Merdzinski kept the cards and the envelopes they were mailed in.
She also kept her yearbook with a special note from Ford.
‘Congratulations and good luck, Betty.’
But it wasn’t just the Ford at Central High School that Merdzinski and Koskus admire; it was also the Ford in Washington that made them proud to be fellow graduates of the former First Lady.
“Well I thought she was tall, pretty, and well groomed, I just thought she was special,” Merdzinski said. “But I took more notice of her when she got in the White House; I thought she did a lot.”
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