Nancy Reagan dies at 94
The United States of America today is saddened by the death of Nancy Reagan, the wife of former US President Ronald Reagan.
The former US first lady died at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 94 due to congestive heart failure.
Nancy Davis Reagan made a stellar mark in American history for her “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign during her husband’s presidency.
Secretary Kerry: Nancy Reagan left an indelible impression on America
Tributes came from many people all over the country, from all sides of politics and from every state.
In a press statement in Washington DC, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the American people mourn the death of an extraordinary and inspiring woman in a person of Nancy Reagan.
“Teresa and I join the nation in mourning the passing of Nancy Reagan, a woman whose grace, dedication and love of family were inspirations to us all.” – Secretary Kerry
Secretary Kerry said Nancy Reagan was a good wife and partner to President Reagan who influenced and guided him through his years in public office and beyond.
“She led in her own right, on issues like the “Just Say No” campaign, and became a symbol of compassion and devotion as she helped her husband face the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.”
– Secretary Kerry
Nancy Reagan undeterred to continue public service
Secretary Kerry said Nancy Reagan continued her love for public service even after President Reagan’s passing.
In fact, Ms. Reagan convened debates at the Reagan Presidential Library, often donning her trademark red dress to sit in the front row.
“She left an indelible impression on America, and Teresa and I join the rest of Americans in wishing Nancy lasting peace and a joyous reunion with her Ronnie.” – Secretary Kerry
George W. Bush said “Laura and I are saddened by the loss of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Mrs Reagan was fiercely loyal to her beloved husband, and that devotion was matched only by her devotion to our country. … Laura and I are grateful for the life of Nancy Reagan, and we send our condolences to the entire Reagan family.”
Bill Clinton paid tribute to Mrs. Reagan, saying “Her strength of character was legendary, particularly when tested by the attempted assassination of the President, and throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s. … She leaves a remarkable legacy of good that includes her tireless advocacy for Alzheimer’s research and the Foster Grandparent Program.”
Joan Collins, longtime friend of Nancy Reagan, said her passing was “the end of an era.”
Remembering Nancy Reagan
Nancy Davis Reagan was born on March 6, 1921 in New York. Her parents were Kenneth Robbins, car salesman and insurance agent and actress Edith Davis.
She married Ronald Reagan on March 4, 1952 and they have two children.
The former US first lady was a strong advocate and supporter of the Foster Grandparents program, a service that pairs senior citizens with needy children.
As first lady of the United States, Reagan campaigned against drug and alcohol abuse among youth, acting as a spokeswoman for the “Just Say No” campaign.