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Billy Graham, NC leaders, mark the passing of Nancy Reagan

The Rev. Billy Graham, center, talks with President Ronald Reagan, left, and first lady Nancy Reagan at the White House July 18, 1981. Nancy Reagan died Sunday, March 6, 2016, at her home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles of congestive heart failure. “One of Nancy’s most wonderful qualities was her steadfast and loyal support for her husband,” Graham said in a statement released Sunday.
The Rev. Billy Graham, center, talks with President Ronald Reagan, left, and first lady Nancy Reagan at the White House July 18, 1981. Nancy Reagan died Sunday, March 6, 2016, at her home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles of congestive heart failure. “One of Nancy’s most wonderful qualities was her steadfast and loyal support for her husband,” Graham said in a statement released Sunday. AP

A chorus of tributes from North Carolina leaders praised Nancy Reagan for her impact on policy, politics and style.

I was privileged to know Nancy and Ronald Reagan for more than 50 years and greatly valued their friendship. I am saddened by the news of Nancy’s passing. She will be greatly missed, and I look forward to being reunited some day in the future in heaven.One of Nancy’s most wonderful qualities was her steadfast and loyal support for her husband. She was an extraordinary first lady.On behalf of our family and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we extend our condolences to the Reagan family and pray God’s continuing blessings on those Nancy has left behind.

The Rev. Billy Graham

As first lady, Nancy Reagan was the embodiment of grace and class, and she tirelessly led the fight against the scourge of drug abuse and addiction in our communities. One of her lasting legacies – one that truly touched hearts across the globe – is the unwavering love, humility, and compassion she demonstrated caring for her husband during his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The tremendous level of love and devotion Nancy and Ronald Reagan shared for one another is what every couple in America aims to someday achieve. They were truly a remarkable couple, and together they helped renew a great sense of optimism and hope in America during a time when it was most desperately needed.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina

I am saddened to hear of her passing, but find solace that she will once again join her husband. Let us remember her great contributions to this country, such as her commitment to stem the AIDS virus and her advocacy for a drug free country. Nancy Reagan led her life as an example to others, and while today is a day for mourning, we are better for having had her influence on this nation.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina

Nancy Reagan will long be remembered as the graceful but strong partner of Ronald Reagan. She stood above all other friends and advisors as the most trusted and valued person in his life. The extraordinary vision Ronald Reagan carried for America was always supported by his beloved wife Nancy.

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina, U.S. House District 9

Our hearts are heavy in the loss of our party’s matriarch, former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Her love of country was only surpassed by her love of her husband. We smile at the thought of their happy reunion this morning. Now their love story will continue for eternity.

Statement from MeckGOP

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