Nancy Reagan to be laid to rest close as possible to husband

Former first lady Nancy Reagan speaks in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Wednesday, June 3, 2009, during a ceremony to unveil a statue of President Ronald Reagan. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just as she was always by his side in life, former first lady Nancy Reagan will be laid inches away from President Ronald Reagan when she is buried Friday in a hillside tomb facing west toward one of the couple’s favorite views — the Pacific Ocean.

Among those who plan to attend the private service at Simi Valley’s Ronald Reagan Presidential Library are first lady Michelle Obama, former first ladies Laura Bush, Rosalynn Carter and Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush.

Public viewings at the library are Wednesday and Thursday.

The library’s executive director, John Heubusch, says Mrs. Reagan’s burial site has been configured to honor her most adamant request: Her casket will be placed just inches from that of her husband, who died in 2004.

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