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Former First Lady Nancy Reagan dies at 94

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan dies at 94
Posted at 12:07 PM, Mar 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-06 12:17:27-05

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan has died. She was 94-years-old.

According to a spokesperson from her office, Nancy Reagan died Sunday morning of congestive heart failure. She will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, who died on June 5, 2004.

The public will have an opportunity to pay their respects prior to her funeral, but details have yet to be announced. Contributions can be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation in lieu of flowers.

Nancy Reagan was born on July 6, 1921 in New York City and was raised in Chicago before attending Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and graduating in 1943.

She worked as an actress and in 1949, signed a seven-year contract with MGM. During that period, she met Ronald Reagan and they married on March 4, 1952. She made 11 films in all, her last being "Hellcats of the Navy" in 1956, which was the only film she and her husband appeared in together.

When Ronald Reagan became Governor of California in 1967, Nancy began visiting wounded veterans, hospitals, the elderly, and schools for handicapped children. During one visit, she saw a program that brought senior citizens and handicapped children together. She would later expand that program as First Lady.

After her husband was inaugurated in 1981, she focused on fighting drug and alcohol abuse among youth throughout the United States.

When her husband left the Oval Office after serving two terms, Nancy founded the Nancy Reagan Foundation to continue her campaign to fight addiction. In 1994, her foundation joined forces with the BEST Foundation For A Drug-Free Tomorrow and formed the Nancy Reagan Afterschool Program.

Nancy stood at her husband's side for the next 10 years as he battled Alzheimer's disease. Following his death in 2004, she devoted herself to projects surrounding the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Richard Davis, and her two children with Ronald Reagan, Patti Davis and Ronald Prescott Reagan.