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Bush Library Mourns the Loss of Lady Bird Johnson

For Release: July 11, 2007
College Station, TX -

The staff and volunteers of the George Bush Presidential Library Center join the rest of the nation in honoring the life of Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum has placed a memorial honoring the former first lady in the museum rotunda. The public is invited to sign the condolence book that will be sent to the Johnson family. For security reasons gifts or memorabilia will not be accepted. The Johnson family has asked that those wishing to express their love for Lady Bird Johnson to consider a memorial contribution to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Endowment Fund. Information about the memorial contributions and final arrangements can be found at www.ladybirdjohnsontribute.org.

Former President George Bush released the following statement "Barbara and I send our condolences to Lynda Robb and Luci Baines Johnson and to the entire Johnson family. Like all Americans, but especially those of us who call Texas home, we loved Lady Bird. Our friendship began when Barbara and I arrived in Washington in 1967, and although I was just a junior congressman from Texas – and on the other side of the political aisle – she and President Johnson made us feel very welcome. It was a friendship we would enjoy for many years to come. Although we did not see Lady Bird very often these last few years, we would think of her especially in the springtime when driving from Houston to College Station, Texas, where my presidential library is. That is when her legacy is in its full glory, and we continue to marvel at and enjoy the bluebonnets and other wild flowers that covered the Texas countryside, indeed all of America. Lady Bird Johnson made the world beautiful in so many ways, and was beautiful to all of us who knew and loved her."

The memorial will be available during normal museum hours beginning Thursday July 12, and will remain throughout the month of July. The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library hours are Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091