PALM DESERT, Calif. -- The body of former first lady Betty Ford is being flown to Michigan Wednesday, where she will be buried with her husband, former President Gerald Ford, following additional funeral services.
The former first lady's remains were expected to arrive at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids at 5 p.m. Wednesday, where a brief ceremony is planned.
Ford will then be taken to the museum in downtown Grand Rapids, where she will lie in repose.
Ford's body will be interred next to her husband's on the museum grounds after a funeral Thursday.
Local memorial services were held in Palm Desert Tuesday for the founder of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction.
The private memorial service at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church was followed by a public visitation from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Former first ladies Nancy Reagan and Rosalynn Carter attended the services along with first lady Michelle Obama, current secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former president George W. Bush.
Mrs. Ford died Friday evening in Rancho Mirage surrounded by family members, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.
She was 93.
President Barack Obama remembered Mrs. Ford as a "powerful advocate for women's health and women's rights" who "helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction."
"Throughout her long and active life, Elizabeth Anne Ford distinguished herself through her courage and compassion," he said in a statement Friday. "Today, we take comfort in the knowledge that Betty and her husband are together once more."
Former first lady, Nancy Reagan, issued the following statement on the death of Mrs. Ford:
"I was deeply saddened this afternoon when I heard of Betty Ford's death. She has been an inspiration to so many through her efforts to educate women about breast cancer and her wonderful work at the Betty Ford Center. She was Jerry Ford's strength through some very difficult days in our country's history, and I admired her courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of us.
My love and deepest sympathy go out to the entire Ford family at this very sad time."
Former President George H.W. Bush also released a statement Friday afternoon:
"Barbara and I loved Betty Ford very much. She was a wonderful wife and mother; a great friend; and a courageous First Lady. No one confronted life's struggles with more fortitude or honesty, and as a result, we all learned from the challenges she faced. The Betty Ford Center, which already has helped change the lives of thousands of people, will be her lasting legacy of care and concern. We were proud to know her. We were proud to call her a friend. We will miss her very much."
Born Elizabeth Anne Bloomer in Chicago, Betty grew up in Grand Rapids.
At the age of 21, she moved to New York City to work as a dancer and model before heading back to the Midwest two years later.
One year after divorcing William Warren after five years of marriage, she wed Gerald Ford -- a former star football player at the University of Michigan and a decorated U.S. Navy veteran -- in 1948.
That year, the woman now known as Betty Ford campaigned with her new husband on his successful campaign to become a U.S. congressman.
The family moved to Washington, where Gerald Ford served in the Capitol for 25 years prior to his being tapped, in 1973, as then-President Richard Nixon's vice president in place of Spiro T. Agnew.
Just over 10 months later, Betty Ford became first lady when her husband was sworn in as the 38th president of the United States.
She soon made headlines, discussing abortion, pre-marital sex and equal rights on CBS' "60 Minutes" and being named as Newsweek's 1975 "Woman of the Year."
But in 1978, just over one year after leaving the White House after her husband lost his campaign to remain president, Ford made headlines of a different kind. She entered the Long Beach Naval Hospital to be treated for alcohol and prescription painkiller abuse.
That same year, she published the first of two autobiographies, entitled "The Times of My Life." Ford would go on to become a high-profile example of someone who battled substance abuse issues, as well as a tireless advocate for treatment.
Her work paid dividends in October 1982 when, along with Leonard Firestone, she opened the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. To this day, the center remains one of the most well-known and respected places nationwide for treatment of alcoholism and other drug dependencies.
Ford also fought to promote awareness and research on breast cancer, with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation eventually naming an award in her honor.
She earned numerous honors over her life, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and the Congressional Gold Medal eight years later.
Her husband, Gerald Ford, died in 2006.
Family of Former First Lady Betty Ford Heads To Michigan For 2nd Service
The former first lady will be buried with her husband, former President Gerald Ford, in Michigan.
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Betty Ford (Getty Images / March 2, 2002)