'She Knew How to Love Somebody:' Nancy Reagan's Son Says She Was Lonely After Her Husband Died, as Casket is Taken to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Ron Reagan Jr. said his parents, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, were inseparable
[BRIGHTCOVE “20992050” “” “peoplenow” “auto” ]Together, Nancy Reagan and her husband, Ronnie , wrote a White House love story worthy of Old Hollywood. Subscribe now for an inside look at their extraordinary journey and 52-year marriage, only in PEOPLE!Nancy and Ronald Reagan were inseparable.
“Once they had bonded together they really were inseparable. I mean, it sounds cliché,” the 57-year-old said.
“I don’t think that they ever spent a day a part where they didn’t call, speak on the phone. He wrote her letters all her life, all his life. They were in love and they stayed in love for 52 some odd years.”
Nancy died of congestive heart failure on Sunday. She was 94.
“My mother had been in poor health for quite a while, and recently had gotten markedly worse, so this wasn’t a surprise,” Davis, 63, wrote in the statement. “That said, death always feels like a surprise. I appreciate the attention and prayers of people I will probably never meet.”
Her spokesperson said in a statement that the former first lady will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her late husband who died on June 5, 2004.
Ron Jr. said his father’s death changed Nancy.
“She was lonely without him, and said as much,” he said. “She missed him terribly.”
Now, Nancy will rest much like she lived her life, by her husband’s side.
Ron Jr. said his mother was “a woman who was totally dedicated to her husband.”
“She loved her husband more than anything in the world and I think that you can make the case that the Ronald Reagan that we all came to know as president would not have existed without Nancy Reagan,” he said.
The 57-year-old said his parents’ relationship is what comes to mind when he thinks of his mother.
“She knew how to love somebody,” he said. “And you can do a lot worse than that in life.”