Lady Bird Johnson dies at age 94

by Bruce Hall
NBC News

Former First Lady Bird Johnson has died at the age of 94.

A family spokesperson says the widow of the late President Lyndon Johnson died peacefully at her home of natural causes.

Lady Bird Johnson was thrust into history's eye during a tumultuous era in American history.

She became first lady on the darkest of days...the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and her husband's tenure as president co-incided with great national debates over the civil rights movement and Vietnam.

Born Claudia Alta Taylor in 1912, she became "Lady Bird" after a caretaker said she was "pretty as a bird."

The name stuck.

In 1934 she met and married another young Texan named Lyndon Johnson.

She devoted herself totally to her husband's political career, becoming a skilled political partner.

In Washington she bore and raised two daughters.

But it was that fateful day in dallas that changed history and propelled her into the national spotlight.

She stood beside the widowed Jacqueline Kennedy as her husband took the oath of office.

As First Lady Mrs. Johnson was a tireless worker for her husband's anti-poverty programs.

She also extended her lifelong passion for the environment, including her famous devotion to the Texas Wildflower Program.

Following their White House years the Johnsons settled on the L-B-J ranch near Austin.

She occasionally made public appearances, which were always marked by the grace for which she was known throughout her remarkable life.