4 Generations of First Ladies Came Together to Say Goodbye to Nancy Reagan: Inside the Moving, Star-Studded Funeral Service
Family and longtime friends gathered to pay their respects to Nancy Reagan at the former first lady's funeral on Friday
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Nancy Reagan‘s funeral service was underway at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Friday, where family and longtime friends including Larry King and Gary Sinise gathered to pay their final respects to the former first lady.
Other celebrities among the approximately 1,000 guests at the funeral were: former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, Bo Derek, Anjelica Huston, Wayne Newton, Melissa Rivers, Diane Sawyer, Tom Selleck, Tina Sinatra, John Stamos and Mr. T.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, a longtime friend of the Reagans’, read a touching letter Ronald wrote to Nancy on their first Christmas Day together in the White House in 1981.
Describing the many different women Nancy was to him – first lady, mother and wife, “the sentimental you, the fun you and the ‘Peewee Powerhouse’ you” – the former president wrote, “Fortunately all these women in my life are you. Fortunately for me, that is, for there could be no life for me without you. Browning asked, ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.’ For me there is no way to count, I love the whole gang of you.”
The former first lady’s two children, Ron Reagan Jr. and Patti Davis, also delivered eulogies.
“I think we can admit that she was not always the easiest person to deal with,” her son said according to the Associated Press. “She could be difficult. She could be demanding. She could a bit excessive. Truly, she could be a royal pain in the ass when she wanted to be. But usually only so my father didn’t have to be.”
In a separate eulogy, Reagan’s daughter Davis joked, “Occasionally I’ve thought that even God might not have the guts to argue with Nancy Reagan.”