Nancy Reagan, former US First Lady, dies at 94

Nancy Reagan, former United States First Lady, died at the age of 94 Sunday at her residence, according to a press release from spokesperson Joanne Drake.

In the release posted on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library’s website, Drake confirmed the news about Nancy Reagan’s death.

Drake said the former First Lady “died this morning at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 94. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.”

The foundation’s website contained images of the former first lady and her husband, tributes and opportunities to leave condolences, donate to the memorial fund or sign a guestbook.

Nancy Reagan

Born in New York City on July 6, 1921, Nancy Davis had a successful carrier as an actress with eight films behind her before she married Ronald Reagan in 1952. She made three films after they married including her last film in 1956, “Hellcats of the Navy,” where the couple appeared together.

After Ronald Reagan became governor of California in 1967, Nancy began visiting wounded Vietnam veterans, homes for elderly, hospitals and schools for emotionally and handicapped children. She later became the champion of a Foster Grandparent Program that brought senior citizens and children together. She expanded the program nationally after she became the First Lady.

In that role, she became a champion against drug and alcohol abuse among young people in America.

Nancy Reagan

After leaving the White House in 1989,  she continued her campaign against substance abuse with the establishment of the Nancy Reagan Foundation. In 1994 the program joined forces with the BEST Foundation For A Drug-Free Tomorrow and evolved into a drug prevention and life-skills program for youth called the Nancy Reagan Afterschool Program.

When Ronald Reagan battled Alzheimer’s disease for the last 10 years of his life, Nancy made it a priority to care for her husband. When he died in 2004, she spent her time promoting her husband’s legacy of leadership and freedom as a board member of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

Reagan

According to the release, Nancy Davis Reagan was the only daughter of Dr. Loyal Davis and Edith Davis of Chicago and Phoenix.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Richard Davis; and two children with Ronald Reagan, Patti Davis and Ronald Prescott Reagan; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She will be buried next to her husband at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, according to the release.

The White House posted a message on its Twitter account Sunday morning saying “we remain grateful for Nancy Reagan’s life.”