Betty Ford the former first lady died on Friday at age 93. The director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential and Library Museum, Elaine Didier confirmed her death on Friday.
A family member told CNN that she passed on Friday evening with family at her bedside.
Betty married United States President Gerald R. Ford and served as the First Lady from 1974 - 1977.
Betty Ford was a cancer awareness advocate, and inspiration to people who suffered from addiction. After recovering from an addiction to alcohol and medication she established the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif. in 1982.
The Clinic became famous for its celebrity clients who are struggling with addiction and emotional issues, including Ozzy Osbourne, Liz Taylor, Stevie Nicks, Kelsey Grammer, and Lindsay Lohan.
Ford underwent a mastectomy in 1974 and survived from breast cancer.
She leaves behind her four children, Michael, Jack, Steven and Susan, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Former President Ford died on December 26, 2006 also at the age of 93 years.
Mrs. Ford was a courageous pioneer, a groundbreaking First Lady, and a forceful advocate for anyone suffering from addiction or breast cancer. America fought her struggles with her and learned alongside her. She was brave, outspoken and kind. As a journalist, I had the opportunity to interview her several times and she was just fascinating. She was a wonderful woman who stood up for any human being struggling in the shadows of their personal pain. One of my highlights as First Lady of California was to honor her with a Minerva Award in 2005. My heart goes out to her entire family. Her daughter Susan is a dear friend of mine and continues to carry on Mrs. Ford's work in such a powerful way, The Hollywood Reporter reported quoting Maria Shriver.