Before Nancy Reagan’s Funeral, Thousands Expected in Simi Valley for Public Viewing

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Thousands of people were expected to pay tribute to former first lady Nancy Reagan Wednesday after her casket was moved to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for a two-day public viewing.

Nancy Reagan is seen in an official White House portrait from 1983. (Credit:The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum)

Nancy Reagan is seen in an official White House portrait from 1983. (Credit:The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum)

Family and friends attended a brief service at Gates, Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Home in Santa Monica Wednesday morning before the casket was loaded into a hearse and taken to the library.

Eight U.S. Secret Service agents who served the Reagans for several years assisted as pallbearers at the funeral home. Men dressed in military uniforms carried the casket into the library.

One of the agents, Michael Kinnersley, was assigned to Ronald Reagan's detail after he left office. The other seven all served Nancy Reagan in the past years, according to a media advisory from the Reagan Foundation.

The public will be allowed to view the former first lady lying in repose and pay respects from 1 until 7 p.m Wednesday.

A second public visitation was planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, before private funeral services are held on Friday.

Friday's service was expected to begin at 11 a.m.

Nancy Reagan died at her home in Los Angeles Sunday of congestive heart failure.

She was 94.