06 Mar NANCY REAGAN, WIDOW OF PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, DEAD AT NINETY-FOUR.
Nancy Davis Reagan died this morning from congestive heart failure. Her death occurred twelve years subsequent to the death of her husband, and twenty-seven years after the Reagans left the White House. Mrs. Reagan, at 94 years, 8 months, was the second longest-lived of America’s First Ladies. Mrs. Bess Truman survived for more than ninety-seven years.
Most former First Ladies survive their president-husbands. Mrs. Reagan’s twelve years of widowhood were about the norm for the First Widows; Mrs. Francis Cleveland lived for thirty-nine years after her husband’s demise.
Nancy Reagan was seldom seen and even less frequently heard during her widowhood. Recent photographs pictured a very frail aged lady. Reportedly, she suffered from many falls.
Mrs. Reagan was an exceptional First Lady. She remarkably fulfilled the most important function of that job description – to serve as a comfort, support and protector of her husband. Everything else was secondary to that role.
God bless First Lady Nancy Reagan.