12 July 2007

Our Lady Bird


Lady Bird Johnson died peacefully yesterday at the LBJ Ranch at the age of 94.

Lady Bird Johnson embodied all that is beautiful and good about the great state of Texas...We are proud to have known her and, like all Texans, are the better for it.

--- Texas Gov. Rick Perry



She was a woman of courtesy and courage alike. While her husband, Lyndon, could be brash, she was benevolent. While he could be tough and hard-charging, she epitomized style and grace. Together, they were a formidable pair...It never mattered where the Johnsons lived, Lady Bird was always a Texas rose.

--- Sen. Robert Byrd, West Virginia



Being an Austin native born in the early 1960's, I find myself, perhaps not unexpectedly, greatly saddened by her passing. Everytime I drive along a Texas highway bordered by wildflowers, I'll think of our Lady Bird.

My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth.

--- Lady Bird Johnson



May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

2 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

David, I'm sad, too, by the passing of Ladybird. She was one graceful and classy lady.

Wouldn't you love to read Molly Ivins on Ladybird's death? So many lovely Texas women gone in such a short time...Ann Richards, Molly, and now Ladybird.

Jan said...

Thank you.