Thursday, July 12, 2007

'The model of gracious Southern womanhood'

I don't agree with her husband's political stances, but she was loved like the Queen Mum here in Texas.

'The model of gracious Southern womanhood'

Lady Bird Johnson, widow of former President Lyndon Johnson and lifelong advocate for the beautification of her native state, died Wednesday afternoon at her Austin home. She was 94.

Mrs. Johnson had been in poor health for several years. She had a stroke May 2, 2002, and lost her ability to speak, and she was hospitalized for undisclosed reasons several weeks ago.

Tributes immediately poured in.

President Bush said he and first lady Laura Bush "mourn the passing of our good friend, and a warm and gracious woman."

"She was much loved in our home state of Texas, and the Bush family is fortunate to have known her.

"Those who were blessed to know her remember Mrs. Johnson's lively and charming personality, and our nation will always remember her with affection," Bush said. "Mrs. Johnson became first lady on a fateful day in November 1963 -- and was a steady, gentle presence for a mourning nation in the days that followed."

Bush credited the former first lady for working closely with her president-husband to advance education, civil rights and environmental quality. "The native wildflowers that bloom along roadsides today are part of her lasting legacy," he said.

The rest of the article here.

To see some of the wonderful legacy of wildflowers she left to our state, visit The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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