Ronnie, Nancy, and Grandma: Recalling My Grandma’s Love for the Reagans

The death of Nancy Reagan yesterday triggered some emotions in me that I had dealt with a year ago, when my maternal grandmother passed away. She loved everything about the Reagans and was a Conservative of the highest order. Like Ronald Reagan, she succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease after a lengthy battle, living almost 12 years from the time of her diagnosis until her death in February 2015. Until she died, I often compared her longevity to Ronald Reagan. I even remember saying it about two days before she passed away, when asked how she was doing.

I could really kick myself for that.

To me, the death of Ronald Reagan was like losing my maternal grandfather all over again, and Nancy’s passing was like losing my grandmother again. I still miss them alot, though time does help. I’ve been posting this great photo I found in a box of my grandmother’s photographs in a few places since yesterday (and also posted it after her death last year).

Ronald and Nancy Regan

Meet my grandma, Catherine “Kitty” Nesgood, and her two best friends, Ronnie and Nancy. It was taken in the early 1980s when she was on a trip to Washington D.C. This was also notable because it was?the time my grandma beat up Secret Service agents in order to get to her friends for a prime photo op, only to find out those weren’t Secret Service agents she beat up, and Ronnie and Nancy were, well, kinda stiff.

There’s really no great story behind this photo, but as the family’s ever-so-talented writer, I’ve taken it upon myself to create a humorous situation out of what is, in my opinion, a great photo.

My mom would like you to know that she was likely waiting with Ronald Reagan when Nancy was reunited with her love.

May they all continue to rest in peace.

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