LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The funeral for former first lady Nancy Reagan will be held on Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
Reagan lost her battle to congestive heart failure while asleep at her Bel Air home on Sunday at the age of 94. A hearse carried her body away from the home to a mortuary in Santa Monica.
Reagan will lie in repose for public visitation Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Transportation to and from the library will be by shuttle from a Bank of America property in Simi Valley because parking will not be allowed at the library.
Friday’s funeral starts at 11 a.m. and will be closed to the public. The former first lady will be buried alongside her husband at the library.
Pres. Obama issued a statement that read in part: “Our former first lady redefined the role in her time here. We offer our sincere condolences to their children, Patti, Ron, and Michael, and to their grandchildren. And we remain grateful for Nancy Reagan’s life, thankful for her guidance, and prayerful that she and her beloved husband are together again.”
Members of the U.S. Secret Service offered their condolences on Twitter this morning.
In March 1952, the couple married and purchased a home at 1251 Almalfi Drive in the Pacific Palisades, where they lived until they moved to Sacramento in 1966.
The couple had two children together, Patti and Ron Jr., and Nancy helped raise Ronald’s two children with his first wife, Jane Wyman.
In 1957, the couple appeared in “Hellcats Of the Navy.”
“Just Say No” was Nancy’s famous tagline from her campaign against youth drug and alcohol use.
At the end of the President’s second term in Washington, the couple retired to their home in Bel Air.
After his death in June 2004, Nancy turned over her husband’s diaries to biographer Douglas Brinkley to prove her husband was a pragmatic conservative.
Nancy made one of her last public appearances at the centennial of her husband’s birth in Feb. 2011 on the porch of the Reagan Library.
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