Nancy Reagan, the former first lady and wife to U.S. President Ronald Reagan, died on March 6th, 2016, of congestive heart failure, at the age of 94.
Her birth father abandoned her and her mother shortly after her birth. Years later, her mother, an actor, married a neurosurgeon, who adopted her. This gave her the stability and love she was craving in her life.
As an actor in Hollywood, she met fellow actor Ronald Reagan. They married a few years later on March 4th, 1952. Ronald went on to run for office.
Some wonder how an actor became the President of the United States. One of the reasons might have been the unending support of his life partner Nancy. She was his advisor, she watched out for his health, she kept on top of his itinerary. All the while Ronald was helping end the Cold War, increasing jobs through tax cuts and revitalizing the Republican Party.
When he was shot, she nursed him back to health. When he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she never left his side during that long goodbye.
It might seem simplistic, but there is true power in knowing someone is always in your court. Always standing beside you.
Whether you agree with their policies or not, they followed their dreams and made them happen. They heard many people tell them that an actor couldn’t become the most powerful man in the world. But together, they made their mission come true.
Nancy once said, “You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we’re all here for a certain space of time, and then it’s going to be over. And you better make this count.”
She passed away two days after what would have been her 64th wedding anniversary to Ronnie. They are finally together again. Ronald once said, “What do you say about someone who’s always there with support and understanding, someone who makes sacrifices so that your life will be easier and more successful? Well, what you say is that you love that person and treasure her.”
Who in our lives can we support in their quest to reach their dreams? And who can do that for us?