Ronald Reagan Presidental Library/Getty Images
Former first lady Nancy Reagan has died at her home in Los Angeles at age 94. According to her rep Joanne Drake, Reagan’s cause of death was congestive heart failure.
“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,” Drake wrote in a statement.
“Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library.”
Nancy met her future husband Ronald Reagan in 1949 when both were actors. She once said “My life really began when I married my husband.”
Ronald Reagan served as governor of California from 1967-1975 then as President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. As first lady of California, Nancy championed the Foster Grandparent Program which partnered senior citizens and handicapped children.
As first lady of the United States, Nancy headed up a program to fight drug and alcohol abuse among kids with the “Just Say No” motto.
Every year that her husband was President, Nancy Reagan was voted one of the world’s ten most admired women and came it at number one three times. While her husband was in office, Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She successfully fought the disease and used her experience to raise awareness about the disease.
It was during Reagan’s governorship that country star Merle Haggard was pardoned. Haggard in part credited Reagan for helping turn his life around. Haggard met the Reagan’s years later and had the utmost respect for the couple.
After President Reagan served two terms as President, the couple returned to California. Five years later, President Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Nancy spent her time caring for him until his death in 2004.
Mrs. Reagan made few public appearances following her husband’s death, but remained one of the most respected first ladies in our history.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan asked that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation at www.reaganlibrary.com.
Interested in becoming a partner?
Contact us for more info.