Nancy Reagan’s Casket Moved to Husband’s Presidential Library

Ken Bredemeier

The casket bearing former U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan has been moved to the presidential library in California of her late husband, President Ronald Reagan, where she will lie in repose.

Members of the public will be allowed to pay their respects Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday before a private funeral on Friday.

First lady Michelle Obama is planning to attend the funeral, as are three former first ladies: Hillary Clinton, who is now the leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 campaign, Laura Bush and Rosalynn Carter. Former President George W. Bush will also attend.

People in Southern California watched from freeway overpasses as a motorcade transported the casket from a suburb of Los Angeles to the library on a hilltop in Simi Valley. Some of the onlookers waved American flags while others stood with hands over their hearts. Prayers were offered in a private ceremony at the library.

Nancy Reagan died Sunday at 94 of congestive heart failure. She will be buried alongside her husband, the country’s 40th president, who was the American leader for eight years in the 1980s. He died in 2004, a decade after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.