Ron Reagan, beloved son of Nancy and Ronald Reagan, gave a eulogy and shared his thoughts about his mother and his parents’ love during Nancy Reagan’s funeral. Ron was always rebellious and a free thinker, often campaigning for causes that were the opposite of what his mom and dad believed in. But his parents still loved and supported him.
Here’s what he said about his mom during the funeral. You can watch a video of part of his speech below:
Ron said he didn’t think Ronald would even run for office without Nancy. She gave him a refuge to repair, protected him, and encouraged him.
“Both possessed great individual talents but as a couple, they were more than the sum of their parts,” Ron said. “It would be a mistake to consider her somehow subordinate to him. They were coequals, they complemented one another.”
He said that his father believed everyone was basically good, including anyone who worked for him. Nancy was more realistic, he added. “In my mother’s world, you were either helpful to her husband or you were not.”
He admitted that sometimes she could be difficult, obsessive, but usually only so Ronald Reagan didn’t have to be. “You didn’t want to get on my mom’s bad side, particularly by hurting her husband.”
But you also couldn’t ask for a more loyal or dedicated friend in Nancy, Ron added.
If his mother had one great talent, it was to love, Ron said. He assured her that wherever Ronald had gone, Nancy would surely be there too.
“From here, she will be able to keep an eye on things. Just saying, no slacking,” he said to a chorus of laughter.
But more importantly, she will once again lay down beside the man who was the love of her life… They will watch the sun drop over the hills… as night falls they will look out across the valley and my father will tell her that the lights below are her jewels.”
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