In 1996, Reagan attended the Republican National Convention, for the first time alone, where she spoke openly and honestly about the pain of her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease. And to my children, who I hope will understand.” The Reagans’ daughter Patti resented her mother. Sitemap President Reagan’s chief of staff, Don Regan, is the best-known casualty of Nancy’s anger. The will, filed in Texas Tuesday -- obtained by TMZ -- used to list Barbara as the executor, but when she died on April 17, it was turned over to George and Jeb. Their mother and Sinatra's first wife, Nancy Barbato, gets $250,000. The news media nicknamed her “Queen Nancy” for her lavish spending, and some of President Ronald Reagan’s West Wing advisers were so intimidated by her that they took to calling her “Evita” and “The Missus” behind her back.