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Lady Bird Johnson Dies At 94

Posted by nytexan on July 11, 2007

Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady who championed conservation and worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, former President Lyndon B. Johnson, died Wednesday, a family spokeswoman said. She was 94.

Lady Bird Johnson returned home late last month after a week at Seton Medical Center, where she’d been admitted for a low-grade fever. Her husband died in 1973.

She died at her Austin home of natural causes about 4:18 p.m. CDT. Elizabeth Christian, the spokeswoman, said she was surrounded by family and friends.

She was hospitalized with a stroke in 2002 that left her with difficulty speaking. But even after that she continued to make public appearances and in May attended an event at the LBJ Library and Museum featuring historian Robert Dallek.

In March, she listened from Texas through a conference call when President Bush signed legislation naming the Education Department headquarters building in Washington, D.C., after her late husband.

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3 Responses to “Lady Bird Johnson Dies At 94”

  1. mirth said

    When I was studying the Johnson administration, I developed an admiration for Lady Bird. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was simply her steadfastness and her love of Bluebonnets.

    Rest In Peace, Sister Bird.

  2. nytexan said

    Mirth:
    Lady Bird was the true meaning of Texas. She was the environmental and civil rights First Lady.

    She left many beautiful marks on the landscape of Texas and throughout the U.S.

    Lady Bird will lay in repose at the Johnson Library here in Austin, which already had people lining up.

  3. nytexan said

    OK this is so irritating. I’m watching the local Austin news and guess who’s not coming to Lady Bird’s funeral. You guessed it Bush, oh but he is sending mom and Laura.

    Both Carter’s and Clinton’s among other political couples (from both parties)will be here, but Laura will be stag.

    He just has no sense of decency.

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