STATEMENT BY MRS. NANCY DAVIS REAGAN
ON THE DEATH OF EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER
Los Angeles, California - Eunice Shriver's death is a huge loss for all of us. I remember vividly when Ronnie presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in 1984. He said then that, "her decency and goodness have touched the lives of many, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver deserves America's praise, gratitude, and love."
She deserves all of this and more for her generosity, her kindnesses and her devotion to the Special Olympics, which has brought dignity and acceptance to exceptional athletes around the world.
My love and sympathy goes out to the entire Shriver and Kennedy families at this very difficult time.
Nancy Davis Reagan is a Former First Lady of the United States, who was married to Former U.S. President, Ronanld Reagan.
While her husband (Ronald Reagan) was Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, she worked with numerous charitable groups. She spent many hours visiting veterans, the elderly, and the emotionally and physically handicapped. These people continued to interest her as First Lady. She gave her support to the Foster Grandparent Program, the subject of her 1982 book, To Love A Child. Increasingly, she has concentrated on the fight against drug and alcohol abuse among young people. She visited prevention and rehabilitation centers, and in 1985 she held a conference at the White House for First Ladies of 17 countries to focus international attention on this problem. Learn more about Mrs. Nancy Reagan