Nancy Reagan Dead at 94

by Desiree Murphy 9:19 AM PST, March 06, 2016
Playing Nancy Reagan Dead at 94

Nancy Reagan, former First Lady of the United States, died on Sunday from congestive heart failure at her home in Bel-Air, California.She was 94.

The New York native, born Anne Frances "Nancy" Robbins, was the wife of the late Ronald Reagan, who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. She was the second longest-living First Lady, following Bess Truman, who died at 97-years-old.

During her husband's time in office, Nancy gained attention for her high-end fashion choices and desire to restore a Kennedy-esque glamour to the White House, completely renovating it when the two moved in. Her most notable contribution to date, however, is her creation of the popular "Just Say No" to drugs awareness campaign.

Before tying the knot with Ronald in 1952, Nancy was an actress, performing on Broadway, landing a contract with MGM in 1949, and starring in 11 movies, including the 1956 film Hellcats of the Navy, which also featured her husband. Ronald, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1994, died in June 2004 at the age of 93. Nancy is survived by her and Ronald's two children, Patti Davis and Ronald Prescott Reagan.

According to a statement from Joanne Drake from the Office of Nancy Reagan, the former First Lady will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband. Prior to the funeral service, members of the public can pay their respects at the Library. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan requested that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation.