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Tributes Pour In For Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

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Nancy Reagan during a birthday celebration held in honor of Ronald Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library February 6, 2011 in Simi Valley, CaliforniaPhotograph by Eric Thayer—Getty Images

Touching tributes have been pouring in from mourners honoring former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday from congestive heart failure.

The 94-year-old wife of President Ronald Reagan was remembered for her deep love for her husband as well as for her legacy that included devoting her service to drug education and the prevention of drug abuse among young people.

“Nancy Reagan was totally devoted to President Reagan, and we take comfort that they will be reunited once more,” former First Lady Barbara Bush said in a statement. “George and I send our prayers and condolences to her family.”

“Nancy is where she has always wanted to be with her Ronnie,” Michael Reagan, president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, wrote on Twitter. “Now she is at peace.”

Former President George W. Bush also issued a statement, touting her accomplishments and acknowledging her fierce loyalty to her husband. “Her influence on the White House was complete and lasting. During her time as First Lady and since, she raised awareness about drug abuse and breast cancer,” he said. “When we moved into the White House, we benefited from her work to make those historic rooms beautiful. Laura and I are grateful for the life of Nancy Reagan, and we send our condolences to the entire Reagan family.”

The former actress married Ronald Reagan in 1952. The couple had two children together. The 40th U.S. president died in 2004 at age 93.

“With the passing of Nancy Reagan, God and Ronnie have finally welcomed a choice soul home,” former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney wrote on Twitter.

Others who weighed in on the passing included actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said the former first lady was one of his heroes. “She served as First Lady with unbelievable power, class and grace and left her mark on the world,” he said.

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz also offered his condolences in a tweet that said “Nancy Reagan will be remembered for her deep passion for this nation and love for her husband, Ronald. The Reagan family is in our prayers.”

Donald Trump said she “will be missed.” “Nancy Reagan, the wife of a truly great President, was an amazing woman,” Trump tweeted.

Nancy Reagan left behind a lasting impression on the country, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. She “embodied what it means to represent America as First Lady and her dignified and warm demeanor inspired America,” Priebus said. “Mrs. Reagan will go down in history as a woman who left her own mark on the White House and our country.”

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