By: Associate Editor Ana Delgado
Former first lady Nancy Reagan has passed, according to a close family member. As we know, Nancy was married to Ronald Reagan and together, they were an incredible political duo that served their nation wholeheartedly.
Yes, Mrs. Reagan was married to one of the best modern politicians… but she was also an incredible conservative activist herself. During Ronald Reagan’s governorship in California, Nancy worked with the Foster Grandparents Program and was described by the L.A. times as a “model first lady.”
During her time as U.S. first lady, Nancy fought back against drug abuse and aimed to improve education nationally. She traveled to many rehabilitation clinics and prevention centers before hosting conferences and starting the “Just Say No” campaign against youth drug abuse. Her efforts turned into legislation, as the “National Crusade for a Drug Free America Act” was signed by President Reagan in 1986.
Nancy Reagan was a great conservative, mother, woman, and wife. She protected the President ruthlessly, especially after the attempt on his life in 1981. The couple was known for their incredible marriage both before, during, and after Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
After the duo left the White House, Nancy continued to be an activist. She established the Nancy Reagan Foundation to support after-school drug prevention efforts. After her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the couple lent their support to the Ronald & Nancy Reagan Research Institute. After Ronald Reagan’s death in 2004, Nancy continued to support efforts to find a cure to the terrible disease. She became a huge advocate for stem cell research while continuously honouring her husband and his incredible political legacy.
It is surely a time to mourn the loss of such an incredible woman… A woman who lived and loved alongside one of the greatest leaders in history, a woman who aimed to better the lives of all Americans, and a woman who always fought for liberty. On behalf of all of us at the Carolina Review, we would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the Reagan family and all of Nancy’s dearest friends.