During a speech at Tuesday's Let Girls Learn event for International Women's Day, Michelle Obama paused to pay her respects to former first lady Nancy Reagan, who died Sunday at age 94.
"I just wanted to briefly express my sadness over the passing of former first lady Nancy Reagan," Obama said. "On a personal note, Mrs. Reagan also understood the value of mentoring. She warmly and willingly offered advice and encouragement to me as I settled in to my role as first lady, and I am so grateful for her kindness and generosity to me and my family over the years."
Obama, who will also be attending Reagan's funeral, praised the former first lady's efforts during her late husband's time in office. "Mrs. Reagan was a woman of incredible strength and grace, and she was a passionate advocate for so many important issues, for the example she set both during her time in the White House and beyond," Obama added. "Mrs. Reagan reminded us of the importance of women's leadership at every level of society."