Monday, July 11, 2011

A prayer for Betty Ford

From California-

The 10 a.m. service that Gerald and Betty Ford used to attend at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church opened on Sunday with a special prayer in memory of Betty Ford.

Members of the church fondly remembered one of their most prominent parishioners as the church staff began preparations to once again be at the center of the national spotlight when Ford's funeral is held Tuesday at the Palm Desert church.

Bob and Peg Leo recalled being shocked when they discovered the former president and his wife sitting in the pew in front of them one Sunday.

Despite their stature, the Fords talked with the Leos just as if they were neighbors, Peg Leo said, and Betty would even play with the children in the front row of the church.

“They're absolutely delightful,” Bob Leo said. “They always shook our hands, and they chatted for a while every Sunday.”

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