11 July 2007

lady bird johnson dies at 94

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Lady Bird Johnson, 1912-2007
Title: Oil Portrait of Claudia (Lady Bird) Taylor Johnson

Description: Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson is best known for her efforts to conserve and beautify the environment. Her love of nature and wildflowers led her to create the First Lady’s Committee for a More Beautiful Capitol. She designed the Johnson White House china with a border of wildflowers. The official flower of each state decorates the center of the dessert plates. Under the Mrs. Johnson’s direction, the East Garden was redone with seasonal flowers and named the Jacqueline Kennedy garden.

Date: 1968

Creator: Elizabeth Shoumatoff

Credit: White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
(CBS 42) AUSTIN Claudia Alta Taylor was born in 1912 in Karnack, a small town in East Texas. She received the nickname 'Lady Bird' from her nurse, Alice Tuttle.

She died Wednesday around 4:18 p.m. in Austin at her home from natural causes.

Her mother, Minnie, died when Lady Bird was five. Her Aunt Effie then raised her.

At this young age, Lady Bird began to cherish nature -- a passion that later led her to crusade to 'Keep America Beautiful.'

In 1930, she enrolled at the University of Texas. Four years later, she graduated with a journalism degree and, while still in Austin, she met Lyndon Johnson.

In 1934, they married and soon moved to Washington, D.C. when Lyndon won a seat in Congress.
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