Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies At 94
Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, wife of the United States 40th President Ronald Reagan, passed away in her Los Angeles home at the age of 94. Reagan died of congestive heart failure, according to her spokesperson, Joanne Drake.
Before joining her husband in the White House, Reagan enjoyed a ten-year acting career in the 1940s and 50s. After remarrying to Ronald Reagan in 1952, who was then the President of the Screen Actors Guild, the two embarked on a journey from Hollywood to the White House. The two stayed in office from 1981 until 1989. After the First Family stepped down, Ronald and Nancy Reagan stayed together until he passed away in 2004.
While Ronald Reagan undoubtedly made his mark as Head of State, making major decisions during the Cold War and domestic policies, the former First Lady also formed campaigns that fought for feminism and for drug awareness. She is most recognized for her "Just Say No!" campaign, which advocated for drug awareness and her fashion sense that was criticized for its luxurious style. In 1987, she showed her bravery after being diagnosed with breast cancer and deciding to undergo lumpectomy surgery that removed her breast.
For those who were moved by Nancy's life, there will be opportunity to pay respects to her legacy at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Drake says. "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."
UPDATE: President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have released a statement on the passing of Reagan:
Nancy Reagan once wrote that nothing could prepare you for living in the White House. She was right, of course. But we had a head start, because we were fortunate to benefit from her proud example, and her warm and generous advice.
Our former First Lady redefined the role in her time here. Later, in her long goodbye with President Reagan, she became a voice on behalf of millions of families going through the depleting, aching reality of Alzheimer’s, and took on a new role, as advocate, on behalf of treatments that hold the potential and the promise to improve and save lives.
We offer our sincere condolences to their children, Patti, Ron, and Michael, and to their grandchildren. And we remain grateful for Nancy Reagan's life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again.