It’s a sad farewell. America was crushed when news broke that Nancy Reagan died from congestive heart failure on March 6 at the age of 94. Click here to see the live stream of her funeral.
America’s favorite First Lady Nancy Reagan passed away on March 6 aged 94 at her home in Bel Air, Los Angeles. She will be laid to rest at the Reagan Presidential Library alongside her husband Ronald Reagan on March 11. Click down to watch the live stream.
Nancy’s death was confirmed by her representative, Joanne Drake in a statement. “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,” Joanne wrote. “Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library.”
Before her rise in the political field, Anne Frances “Nancy” Robbins was an actress starring in films such as The Next Voice You Hear…, Night into Morning, and Donovan’s Brain. She married Ronald in 1952, and Nancy was credited as the driving force behind her husband’s success. “Without Nancy, there would have been no Governor Reagan, no President Reagan,” Michael K. Deaver, the late aide and close friend of the Reagans once said.
Nancy, herself, was always very glowing about her husband and stood by his policies and adhered to his political image. She also spoke gushingly about him in her 1989 memoir My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan. “He was all I had ever wanted in a man, and more.”
Perhaps her biggest achievement came in the 1980s when she created the “Just Say No To Drugs” campaign which was revered around the world. More than 12,000 “Just Say No” clubs had formed around America by 1988, and cocaine use by high-school seniors dropped by one-third.
Nancy is survived by her two children, Patti Davis and Ronald Reagan Jr. May she rest in peace and our heart goes out to her family.
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