Nancy Reagan: Public to Pay Last Respects Wed.-Thurs. at Library

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Nancy Reagan will be laid to rest next to her husband, President Ronald Reagan, during a private funeral service on Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

According to a press release from the library, the public will be allowed to pay final respects to the former First Lady on Wednesday, March 9 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Thursday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The release noted that parking on-site will not be allowed, but shuttles will be provided from the parking lot located at 400 National Way.

Reagan passed away on Sunday. She was 94.

During an interview on CNN Monday evening, President Reagan’s Chief of Staff, Kenneth Duberstein spoke of Nancy Reagan’s life and legacy. He recalled the love she and Ronald had for one another: “He always lit up a bit more every time she walked into the room.” It was that love, Duberstein noted, that pushed Reagan to change not only the country but also the world.

He also spoke of Nancy Reagan’s commitment to stopping drug use among youth. “She wanted to convince the next generation of Americans that this was not something they want to dabble in.”

Upon hearing about her passing, former teen actor, Diff’rent Strokes star Todd Bridges, 50, opened up about how Nancy gave him advice about drugs that helped him get through the “lowest point” of his life. He is now 22 years sober.

The Los Angeles Times notes that on Sunday, some people went to the Reagan Library to pay their respects to the First Lady. She reportedly used to visit the library multiple times a year . Andy Hall, 48, of Simi Valley, told the Times, “it’s not about his politics or her politics, it’s about the love they had for each other.”

President Reagan wrote many love letters to his wife. On their 31st wedding anniversary, he wrote, “I more than love you, I’m not whole without you. You are life itself to me. When you are gone I’m waiting for you to return so I can start living again.”

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