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Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson - A True Nature Lover

Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson was born as Claudia Alta Taylor in Karnack, Texas on December 22, 1912. Mrs. Johnson's father was Thomas Jefferson Taylor, and her mother, Minnie Pattillo Taylor. Mrs. Johnson's mother died when she was just five-years old. Mrs. Johnson died recently of old age.

After her graduation, Lady Bird Taylor expressed an interest in pursing a career in writing or journalism; ten weeks after graduating, she met the former President of USA, Lyndon Baines Johnson on 31 August, 1934.

Mrs. Johnson developed her own public projects. She was an early supporter of the environment and, in championing highway beautification, worked to banish billboards and plant flowers and trees.

AS FIRST LADY, she spearheaded the Highway Beautification Act aimed to beautify public places and clean up unsightly roadside clutter and billboards. Since retirement from public life, Mrs. Johnson has dedicated herself to promoting wildflowers.

She founded the National Wildflower Research Center to preserve and restore the beauty and biological richness of North Anmerica. She has co-authored with Carleton B. Lees "Wildflowers Across America."

Mrs. Johnson presented a workshop at the biennial convention of the American Association of Retired Persons in San Antonio.

Lady Bird lead a life devoted to her husband's memory, her children, and seven grandchildren. She supported causes dear to her--notably the National Wildflower Research Center, which she founded in 1982, and The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library. She also served on the Board of the National Geographic Society as a trustee emeritus.

When Marion Patterson, a Cedar Rapids writer, in 1972 traveled to Texas, where she interviewed Lady Bird Johnson, about her favourite flowers, Mrs.Johnson answered that she love bluebonnets because they spell Texas. Among them the rare Prairie gentian or bluebell (Eustoma grandiflorum), the colorful Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella) that brightens Texas roadsides each summer, and the brilliant Indian paintbrush (Castilleja genus). She also said that these flowers were like a lipstick on a woman, and women ought to have some. Lady Bird Johnson died of natural causes on July 11, 2007 at the age of 94.

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