Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan, former First Lady and wife of Ronald Reagan, died today from congestive heart failure at the age of 94. Sources say she passed away peacefully in her home in Bel Air. May she rest in peace.

Nancy Reagan’s legacy

Regardless of one’s political preference, Nancy Reagan’s high standard of decorum, class and civility are to be universally acknowledged. Her dedication to the nation and her passion for the causes she believed in are undeniable and to be longed for among politicians today who have traded in civility for vacuous braggadocio.

Born in New York City in 1921, Nancy Reagan endured her parents’ early divorce, and followed in her mother’s footsteps in becoming an actress that reached its highest point in 1949 when she signed a seven-year contract with MGM. After relocating to Hollywood, she starred in several acclaimed films like The Next Voice You Hear and the Hellcats of the Navy, which she starred in alongside her husband. It was in Hollywood that Nancy met Ronald Reagan, also an actor whom she later married in 1952.

Known for the strong support and considerable advice she often lent her husband when he was President, Nancy Reagan is perhaps best noted for her work in the “Just Say No” campaign she spearheaded against drugs from 1981 to 1989. She appeared in a variety of TV shows like Diff’rent Strokes and Dynasty to promote her campaign, giving dire warnings about the consequences of drug use.

Drugs take away the dream from every child’s heart and replace it with a nightmare, and it’s time we in America stand up and replace those dreams.

Of course, Nancy Reagan was not without controversy. Among detractors, she was ridiculed for promoting an anti-drug campaign that arguably was nothing more than a PR stunt to mask her husband’s failed War on Drugs policy, which many analysts believe actually worsened the drug problem in America. She was also accused of consulting with astrologists and astrological readings, which some allege she relied on and used to influence her husband’s policy decisions.

Regardless, the nation will remember her in a positive light, and perhaps in the process of grieving her loss, we can all aspire to the level of poise and respect her presence consistently commanded in public and private settings.

According to the Daily Mail, she is survived by two children, Patricia Anne and Ronald Prescott, and she will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband Ronald.