Texas Bids Lady Bird Goodbye

Former first lady buried in her beloved Hill Country
By Theodore Bressman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 16, 2007 5:53 AM CDT
Lyndon Nugent speaks during a burial service for his grandmother, former first lady Lady Bird Johnson Sunday, July 15, 2007 at the Johnson Family Cemetery in Stonewall, Texas. The widow of former President...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A day after her star-studded funeral, Lady Bird Johnson was buried yesterday in a private ceremony at her family's Hill Country ranch, not far from a field of her beloved wildflowers. Thousands lined the route from Austin to Stonewall, the Star-Telegram reports, to say a final goodbye at the conclusion of 5 days of ceremonies honoring the former first lady.

Her grave lies alongside that of President Johnson, who died in 1973. Lady Bird Johnson's work in preserving the country's landscape endeared her to countless Americans, but yesterday's gathering was for family and friends. Grandson Lyndon Nugent gave the graveside eulogy: "You taught us to leave the world a better place than we found it." (Read more Lady Bird Johnson stories.)