Nancy Reagan, widow of Ronald Reagan, dead at 94

- Nancy Davis Reagan, former First Lady of the United States, has died at her home in Los Angeles. 

She was 94. Her cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to Fox News. 

Nancy Davis began her career as an actress in stage, film and television productions. In 1951, she met Ronald Reagan when she found her name on a newspaper list of supposed Communist sympathizers and she consulted the actor, then president of the Screen Actors Guild, to see what could be done about it. (He said she'd been confused with another actress with the same name).

They married on March 4, 1952 (it was his second marriage after divorcing actress Jane Wyman) and had two children who survive her, Patricia and Ron. She also is survived by a stepson, Michael. Her stepdaughter, Maureen, died in 2001.

Ronald Reagan served as governor of California from 1967-1975 and as the state's first lady, Nancy became a champion of the Foster Grandparent Program, which brought together senior citizens and handicapped children.

Following her husband's election to the presidency in 1980, Reagan launched a project fighting drug and alcohol abuse among young people and "Just Say No" became its byword.

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