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Grand Rapids airport names road after first lady Betty Ford

The street naming comes two days before Gerald's 106th birthday.
File picture showing late US Presidents Gerald Ford hugging his wife Betty at the White House, in Washington, 30 December 1974.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is now honoring former first lady Betty Ford. This week a street was named for legacy and contributions. 

Betty was known for her humanitarian causes and raised awareness for breast cancer. She was also a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Her daughter, Susan Ford Bales, was there for the unveiling Friday.

Betty Ford Drive was previously an unnamed road and airport employees voted on the name. There is no other Betty Ford Drive in West Michigan. 

Betty Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and graduated from Central High School. In 1948, Betty married Gerald R. Ford who became president in 1974 after the resignation of President Richard Nixon. 

The street naming comes two days before the former president's 106th birthday. On Sunday, Susan will join the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation at a wreath laying on her father’s grave.   

RELATED: West Michigan sailors on the USS Gerald R. Ford to lay wreaths on former president's grave

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