Lady Bird Johnson Dies at 94

Lady Bird Johnson
Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson died today at her home in austin. She was 94.

The ex-First Lady championed conservation and worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, former President Lyndon B. Johnson, who died in 1973.

Lady Bird Johnson returned home last month after a week at Seton Medical Center in Austin, where she'd been admitted for a low-grade fever. A spokeswoman says Lady Bird Johnson died at home of natural causes at about 4:18 p.m. surrounded by family and friends.

She was hospitalized with a stroke in 2002 that left her with difficulty speaking. But even after that she continued to make public appearances and in may attended an event at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin.

The longest-living First Lady in history was Bess Truman, who was 97 when she died in 1982.

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...