Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady who championed conservation and worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, Lyndon B. Johnson, has died, a family spokeswoman said. She was 94.
Johnson, who suffered a stroke in 2002 that affected her ability to speak, returned home late last month after a week at Seton Medical Center, where she’d been admitted for a low-grade fever.
She died Wednesday at her Austin home of natural causes and she was surrounded by family and friends, said spokeswoman Elizabeth Christian.
Even after the stroke, Johnson still managed to make occasional public appearances and get outdoors to enjoy her beloved wildflowers. But she was unable to speak more than a few short phrases, and more recently did not speak at all, Anne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the LBJ Library and Museum, said in 2006.
Lyndon Johnson died in 1973, four years after the Johnsons left the White House.
Funeral arrangements for Lady Bird Johnson, who died today, July 11, 2007, at 4:18 p.m., have been finalized.
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007:
Morning: Private family Eucharist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin. Invitation only.
1:15 p.m.: The public is invited to pay its final respects to Lady Bird Johnson as she lies in repose at the LBJ Library and Museum, 2313 Red River, Austin, Texas. Mrs. Johnson will remain in repose throughout the night and visitation will end at 11 a.m. the following morning.
SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2007:
Private funeral service by invitation only at Riverbend Centre, Austin, Texas.
SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2007:
9 a.m.: The public is invited to line the route of a ceremonial cortege that will pass through Austin and carry Mrs. Johnson on to her burial place in Stonewall, Texas, at the Johnson family cemetery. The public route of the cortege will begin at the State Capitol at approximately 9 a.m., and will proceed south on Congress to Cesar Chavez. It will go right on Cesar Chavez and head west on the shores of Town Lake, which Mrs. Johnson was instrumental in beautifying. It will turn and go west on 290 toward Johnson City, where it will ultimately motor through downtown Johnson City, past President Johnson’s boyhood home and past the LBJ National Park Visitors Center. The public aspect of the cortege will end in Johnson City.
SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2007 (CONTINUED):
Afternoon: Private family services at the graveside at the Johnson family cemetery in Stonewall. Invitation only. Press will receive details on media coverage as soon as is available.