(PCM) Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has passed away at the age of 94. According to Reagan’s spokeswoman Joanne Drake of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Nancy Reagan died as a result of congestive heart failure at her home in Los Angeles, California.
Continuing her statement Drake revealed “Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library. The former first lady requested that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in lieu of flowers”
Nancy Reagan served eight years as First Lady of the United States during President Ronald Reagan’s White House terms. She is well-remembered as the spokesperson for the “Just Say No” campaign that urged children to stay off of drugs. She was also an incredible influence for her husband both personally and politically. She helped keep his legacy as President alive and as untarnished as possible.
The marriage between Nancy and Ronald Reagan was a true Hollywood love story as the two met when Nancy set up a meeting with Ronald who was then president of the Screen Actors Guild. She went on co-star with her future husband in the film “Hellcats of the Navy” which would be Nancy’s final on-screen appearance.
The two wed on March 4, 1952 in a small ceremony in Los Angeles and Nancy took on the role of politicians wife when Ronald won the 1966 California gubernatorial race and then made his way all the way to the White House with Nancy by his side. Over the years Nancy Reagan earned many admirers as well as critics, however she makes no apologies for any of her actions and claims that her husband and the country’s best interest was always in the fore front of her mind.
Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of former First Lady Nancy Reagan during this incredibly difficult time.