New Orleans is preparing a funeral service for former Congresswoman and Vatican Ambassador Lindy Boggs, who died Saturday in her Maryland home. The trailblazing political figure will be buried near the sugar plantation in rural Louisiana where she was born.
Lindy Boggs is being praised for her political battle for civil rights, expansive philanthropic endeavors and diplomatic duties at the Vatican. She passed away at her home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, where she had moved to be close to family.
She was 97.
President Barack Obama said in a statement that her work over nine terms in Congress “will continue to inspire generations to come.”
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called her “a national and international treasure” whose work left the world a better place.
The city’s Archbishop Gregory Aymond will celebrate a Mass for Boggs at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday.
She will be buried at a St. Mary’s Cemetery, 120 miles northwest of New Orleans.