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A Tribute to Lady Byrd Johnson

Portrait of Lady Bird Johnson

Her name was well-chosen, for from all accounts, Lady Byrd Johnson was the epitome of a lady. Her life of 94 years ended yesterday.

In his press conference this morning, President Bush, emphasized her splendid attitude and demeanor when he said, “Lady Byrd Johnson brought grace to our White House.”

Around the country, others are praising this beautiful woman:

From AP

“Mrs. Johnson became First Lady on a fateful day in November 1963 and was a steady, gentle presence for a mourning Nation in the days that followed.” — President Bush.

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“Like all Americans, but especially those of us who call Texas home, we loved Lady Bird …. She made the world beautiful in so many ways, and was beautiful to all of us who knew and loved her.” — Former President George H.W. Bush.

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“During her husband’s campaign for the presidency in 1964, she visited cities in the South considered too racially volatile for his presence. She was President Johnson’s full partner in the War on Poverty, including convincing him to implement the Head Start program and serving as its honorary chair.” — Former President Jimmy Carter.

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“Lady Bird Johnson was a wonderful first lady and one of the kindest and most caring and compassionate people I’ve ever met in politics. She was a great friend to the Kennedy family, in both good times and bad, and we cherished every moment we spent with her. May God bless her and her entire family.” — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

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“When our nation called upon Lyndon Johnson to take the oath of office in the face of tragedy he did so with his courageous wife beside him. As First Lady she represented our nation with honor and dignity.” — Former first lady Nancy Reagan.

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“She was a dedicated and devoted first lady. Her beautification programs benefited the entire nation. She translated her love for the land and the environment into a lifetime of achievement.” — Former first lady Betty Ford.

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“First Lady Johnson epitomized all that was good and right in America. She encouraged the President and the Congress to beautify our highways and by-ways; she was one of the first ecologists that we knew, and she made us better as a people and a nation.” — Former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes.

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“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.” — U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.V.

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“Her support for civil rights helped to ensure that the 1960s were a time of great progress toward the ideal of equality on which our country was founded. Her impact in the fight against poverty and in support of early childhood education in America, through her support for initiatives such as Head Start, endures today.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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“Lady Bird Johnson embodied all that is beautiful and good about the great state of Texas. She inspired generations of Americans with her graceful strength, unwavering commitment to family and keen sense of social justice.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

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“She was one of our most beloved first ladies in our history. She made me proud as a Texan. She showed such class and graciousness. Her lasting legacy will be the beautification she championed.” — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

May her family be comforted.

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My devotional blog is here. 

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

9 replies on “A Tribute to Lady Byrd Johnson”

Hi, Kath

Isn’t it wonderful that such a simple thing as handing out wildflower seeds has made such memories and such an impression.

Indeed, she was a beautiful, gracious person.

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I know this is an old post but Lady Bird did make Texas beautiful. It was her idea to put out wildflower seeds from every corner of Texas. In the spring of each year I remember her. She was a gracious first lady of Texas and America.

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Hello, Jules–

Welcome to my blog. Thanks for being here and for the kind remarks.

Glad to help a beginning blogger, and I really don’t have any “trade secrets.” There’s plenty of room in the world for everyone who wants to write.

I’ve been blogging for a bit less than 2 1/2 years, and my hits have steadily increased over time, so I do have a couple of things that might help you.

1. Tell your friends, relatives, co-workers of your blog.

2. Write frequently. I write almost every day. On my devotional blog where I don’t write every day, I receive less hits.

3. Write as well as you can (I see that you do write well) with passion and with enthusiasm.

4. My husband is a minister and we have a large circle of friends. After I told a few friends of my new project, the word spread among them.

5. Visit forums and leave comments there. (I have done that very little, but have seen it recommended and feel sure it would help.)

6. I speak at various church functions and have written three books. About a year ago, I had printed simple cards about my blog. I occasionally hand them out, and always have them available at my book table.

7. Comment on other people’s blogs–as you have done on mine today. Always leave a link to your site. For instance, right now I don’t know how to link to you. I probably can find out through my dashboard.

8. In the fall of 2007, I wrote extensively about fires in southern California which were threatening my home. I noticed a big jump in page views at that time, which I have sustained.

Hope these things help. I want to hear from you again, and wish you well.

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Hi Shirley:

I’ve enjpoyed reading your blog; the topics are diverse and interesting. It reprsents the kind of thing I would like to do with my blog…

I don’t blame you if you don’t want to give away any “trade secreets” 🙂 — but I noted from your blog stats that you’ve had more than 335,000 hits to your site. I’ve started a blog but never get a hit, although I (think I) use popular tags, and have registered with Technorati to be “pinged.” I don’t want to sell anything, just share my opinions on various topics and personal essays about life in general.

How did you drive people to your blogsite when you started out?

Thanks — Jules

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lADY BYRD– you were grace personified–your love for flowers and your beautification of the highways is something that should be continued in your memory!!!! you were a gem
Brenda Cibelli—NYC

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