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Betty Ford

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     challenging words:    prescription, alcohol, vice, born, term, volunteer, however, family, facility, wedding, treatment, group, died, high, better, mind
     content words:    Betty Ford, Martha Graham, New York City, Gerald Ford, President Nixon, Vice President Spiro Agnew, Betty Ford Center


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Betty Ford
By Meg Leonard
  

1     Betty Ford was born in 1918 in Chicago. Her family moved to Michigan. Betty loved to dance. After high school, she went to school to learn more about dancing. She met Martha Graham. She danced with one of Graham's troupes in New York City. After five years, Betty moved back to Michigan to be near family. She started a dance group there. She taught dance to children with handicaps. Betty met Gerald Ford in 1947. They were married the next year. Gerald was elected to Congress two weeks after the wedding. He was in Congress for twenty-five years. Betty took care of their four children. She volunteered a lot. Gerald was planning on retiring in 1973. However, President Nixon nominated Gerald to be the new vice president. Vice President Spiro Agnew was stepping down. Ford took Agnew's place. A short time later, Nixon resigned. Ford became the new president. Betty was the new first lady. .....
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