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R.I.P. Lady Bird

R.I.P. Lady Bird

Former First Lady, and Texas icon, Lady Bird Johnson died on Wednesday in her Austin home, at the age of 94. Lady Bird (born Claudia Alta Taylor) was a legendary figure in Texas politics as well as the environmental scene, with her local Wildflower Center becoming a renowned destination. A journalism student at UT, she married Lyndon Baines Johnson quickly after graduation. And, of course, she unexpectedly became the First Lady in 1963, following JFK’s death. Without a doubt, the sudden shift of duties and sudden shock of the international spotlight, was something she handled with grace. In the last few decades, she’s been a constant presence around Austin, making appearances and spending time with her large family.

It’s been a sad year for liberal Texas ladies of politics. We lost Ann Richards and Molly Ivins recently, and now Lady Bird. They were all trailblazers, they were each a force. And their legacies will live on forever. For an extensive look at Lady Bird’s accomplished life, check out this AP article from The Daily Texan.

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