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Michelle Obama, George W. Bush at Betty Ford memorial

July 12, 2011 |  2:28 pm

From top left, former President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter watch as members of the armed forces carry the coffin bearing the body of former First Lady Betty Ford into St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert Tuesday.

First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush are among several dignitaries in attendance at a memorial service in Palm Desert on Tuesday for former First Lady Betty Ford.

Bush escorted former First Lady Nancy Reagan down the aisle of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church moments before the service began.

Photos: Life of Betty Ford

Sitting side-by-side in the front row of the church were Reagan, Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who is one of three people who will deliver eulogies. ABC news commentator Cokie Roberts and Geoffrey Mason, director of the Betty Ford Center, are also scheduled to speak.

Former California First Lady Maria Shriver was also in attendance.

A military honor guard carried the casket into the church.

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-- Phil Willon in Palm Desert

Photo: From top left, former President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter watch as members of the armed forces carry the coffin bearing the body of former First Lady Betty Ford into St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert on Tuesday. Credit: Jae C. Hong / AFP/Getty Images

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