Remembering Lady Bird

LBJ Library Photo by Frank Wolfe
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AUSTIN (AP) - Three days of proceedings marking the death of Lady Bird Johnson will incorporate some of the great loves of her long life: the memory of her powerful husband, the couple's Hill Country Ranch and Texas wildflowers.

The first formal ceremony for the widow of President Lyndon Baines Johnson will take place today at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Family and friends plan to attend a private Eucharist in a room at the center filled with her favorite flower, the bluebell.

Johnson was an environmentalist devoted to preserving wildflowers and native plants.

Johnson asked to be buried next to her husband at the couple's famed Central Texas ranch. She also wanted to follow the same path he did 34 years ago to the LBJ Library and Museum.

Members of the public can visit her casket at the LBJ Library and Museum at the University of Texas. She will lie in repose from 1:15 p.m. Friday until 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

An invitation-only funeral Saturday will be televised.

Johnson will be buried Sunday next to her husband at the ranch near Stonewall.