Nancy Reagan Wanted To Be Buried ‘As Close As Possible’ To Husband Ronald
Nancy Reagan’s casket was visited at a public viewing by 1,500 people. Ahead of three days of formal mourning and ceremonies for the former first day, her body will be taken to the Ronald Reagan presidential library.Advertisement
Her casket was taken from a Santa Monica funeral home in a motorcade along a stretch of Ronald Reagan freeway.
Her casket will be laid inches away from her husband, Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Daily Mail reports. “The most important of her special requests was that she be laid to rest right next to the president, as close as possible,” John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library, said. “The way the tomb is constructed, her casket will literally be set forth in the ground inches from President Reagan’s.”
“May angels surround her and saints release her to Jesus,” the Rev. Stuart Kenworthy, vicar at the Washington National Cathedral, said at the service.
Ronald Reagan’s son, Michael and Dennis Revell, and the widower of his late daughter Maureen attended the service. Michael Reagan and Ron Prescott Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s other son, are expected to arrive at Friday’s funeral.
Arrangements for the funeral – including the flowers, the music to be played by the U.S. Marine Corps band, and the people to be invited to the service – were made by the former first lady herself prior to her death.
During her husband’s presidential term from 1981 to 1989, she played a pivotal role in leading the “Just Say No” to campaign against drugs; she also spoke at schools and appeared on television shows like Dynasty and Diff’rent Strokes to spread awareness about the campaign. “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,” she said in a speech. Her efforts led to a significant decline of cocaine use, reaching a 10-year low.
Jeanie Maurello, a medical assistant at Providence St. John’s Health Center, said, as quoted by the Associated Press, “She was just a very classy woman, always. I thought she did a wonderful job. ‘Just Say No’ to drugs, she was behind all that.” Medical Assistant Lupe Salazar also expressed her admiration for Nancy. “She did a lot of work that helped the country.”
The Guardian reports that the funeral will follow two days of public viewing, scheduled at the library for Wednesday (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Thursday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).