REMEMBERING NANCY REAGAN
by F. Kenneth Taylor
Last night, Sunday, March 6th, 2016, the United States lost an influential figure in politics and social activism, former First Lady, Nancy Davis Reagan. At the age of 94, reports state that Mrs. Reagan, widow of the late, former U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, passed away from at her Bel Air, CA home from Congestive Heart Failure, quietly in her sleep—the way many say she had preferred to pass. Mrs. Reagan lived a very fulfilling life, and left her mark in one way or another with everyone she met.
Born in New York, July 6th, 1921, as Anne Frances Robbins; she was nicknamed, “Nancy”, from birth. When her mother later separated from Reagan’s biological father and married her stepfather, Loyal Edward Davis, a prominent politician, he adopted her, and her name was legally changed to Nancy Davis. Reagan was a rising actress and film star in the 1940s and 50s, in which she even dated the late, Clark Gable, before finally meeting her future husband and future U.S. President, Ronald Reagan in 1949. The couple was inseparable and married three years later on March 4, 1952, and would have two children together, Ronald Reagan Jr. and Patricia Anne Reagan, better known as her stage name, Patti Davis.
When Ronald Reagan later pursued politics, and served as Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, as First Lady of California, Mrs. Reagan was swiftly recognized as his stalwart, and sometimes outspoken backbone, as well as her iconic taste for upscale fashion. During her tenure as First Lady of the United States from 1981-1989, Nancy Reagan, received recognition for founding and launching the highly-accredited, anti-drug campaign, “Just Say No.” In addition to the Just Say No campaign, Mrs. Reagan also devoted her time and efforts to advancing the Reagan National Library and its contributions to society. Finally, after Ronald Reagan’s death in June 2005 from Alzheimer’s, Nancy devoted time and efforts to the study of Embryonic Stem Cell research. She will be missed by many.
“She redefined the role of First Lady” – President & Mrs. Obama