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Bob and Elizabeth Dole on Nancy Reagan: ‘Nation has lost a national treasure’

Sen. Robert Dole, left, joins then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan outside the Reagans’ home on Sept. 25, 1975, in Pacific Palisades.
Sen. Robert Dole, left, joins then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan outside the Reagans’ home on Sept. 25, 1975, in Pacific Palisades. File photo

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole and his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, issued a joint statement Monday on the death of Nancy Reagan, according to Bob Dole’s office in Washington.

“Our nation has lost a national treasure with the passing of Nancy Reagan,” they wrote of the former first lady, President Ronald Reagan’s wife. Nancy Reagan died Sunday morning at the age of 94.

“As public servants during the Reagan administration, we both witnessed Nancy’s life-long desire to make our nation a better place for each and every American citizen,” the Doles wrote. “Underneath her graceful, quiet demeanor was a strong and passionate advocate for causes that would improve countless American lives across all ages.

“One facet of Nancy’s life that particularly captured our hearts was her tremendous love for – and dedication to – her husband. Even as President Reagan faced Alzheimer’s disease during the later years of his life, Nancy stoically stood by his side as a caregiver, a comforter and a beloved wife.

“Her unparalleled strength of spirit was a testament to us all – a humbling example of the power and enduring love between a husband and wife, for better or for worse.”

Roy Wenzl: 316-268-6219, @roywenzl

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