Nancy Reagan is eulogized as tough but tender and her husband’s fiercest protector – Los Angeles Times

In a service filled with stories of the enduring love between one of the nation’s most influential political couples, dignitaries, celebrities and other mourners joined Friday to eulogize Nancy Reagan, recalling a former first lady as tough as she was tender and who was an astute and forceful protector of her husband’s legacy.

Beneath a gray sky at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, hundreds came to pay their respects to Reagan, who died at her Bel-Air home Sunday at 94. She was interred beside her husband, the nation’s 40th president, with whom she was inseparable in life.

Those who gathered reflected Reagan’s journey from Hollywood during its Golden Age to the White House. First Lady Michelle Obama; former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura; and former first lady and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat side by side, while celebrities such as actors Mr T and Tom Selleck and singer Johnny Mathis also were in attendance.

Reagan was remembered as a romantic, but with a steely spine.

Her daughter, Patti Davis, recalled that in the months before Ronald Reagan died, Nancy Reagan told her family she had to be at his side during his last living moments.

Davis faced her mother’s famous resolve with patience, telling her that was in God’s hands. But, sure enough, when her husband took his last breath in 2004, Nancy was there, as she always was.

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