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Betty Ford
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Many Kershaw Countians who are past middle age undoubtedly recall with fondness former First Lady Betty Ford, who died last week at age 93. Her husband, Gerald Ford, became president upon Richard Nixon’s resignation following the Watergate scandal; he had earlier been appointed to the vice presidency after Spiro Agnew resigned in disgrace. Ford was a healer; he pardoned Nixon in a move that led to his being narrowly defeated by Jimmy Carter, and he always maintained that was the right move to make to bring the country together again after the turmoil that Nixon and his lieutenants had caused.