Shrewd adviser. Devoted wife. Committed advocate.
The legacy of Nancy Reagan, whose death at 94 was announced Sunday, is being remembered as a big and complex force that lasted long beyond her — or her husband's — eight years in the White House.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who served as a national security adviser under Ronald Reagan, recalled how he began working with the administration in the tumultuous aftermath of the Iran-contra scandal.
"She was looking to us as the force that would stabilize the White House," Powell told MSNBC-TV. "She made sure that's what we were doing."