SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Mourners gathered for Nancy Reagan’s funeral this afternoon.
A diverse group of guests attended the former First Lady’s funeral at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
Among mourners were former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, as well as first lady Michelle Obama. Also present are presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Former Reagan administration official James Baker has recounted the first meeting of then-Nancy Davis and Ronald Reagan, and later her devastation when her husband was wounded in an assassination attempt.
Veteran television journalists Diane Sawyer and Tom Brokaw also gave recollections of Nancy Reagan.
Nancy Reagan’s children recounted memories. Daughter Patti Davis described to mourners Friday how Nancy Reagan was adamant about reuniting with her husband, who died in 2004.
Davis described her parents as “two halves of a circle,” recalling a long-ago memory of seeing the two of them sitting on a Southern California beach at sunset in what she called an impenetrable “island for two.”
Son Ron Prescott Reagan told the guests there likely would not have been a President Ronald Reagan without Nancy Reagan, saying she had an absolute belief in him, as well as provided guidance and a refuge.
Friday’s service ended with recollections and prayers by the Rev. Stuart A. Kenworthy, vicar of Washington National Cathedral, and a bagpipe recessional as military service members carried the casket to the grave site.