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7/11/07-Marshall

East Texas Woman Reflects On Her Time With Lady Bird Johnson

A student at Marshall High School, Lady Bird Johnson never strayed too far from her East Texas roots. And because of that, she was known to many East Texans, including one woman in particular who says Lady Bird and her mother were the "dearest of friends."  

Diane Taylor of Marshall looks through dozens of photos, letters, and postcards, all from Lady Bird Johnson and all addressed to her mother.

"Wherever she was in the world, there would be a card or a letter or something that said 'Dearest Dorris' and she would tell very briefly where they were and it would always be 'All my Love, Bird or Lady Bird,'" points out Diane Taylor.

Diane says her mother Dorris and Lady Bird Johnson had been good friends for decades, ever since they were children together in Karnack.

"I just remember the time that she would come and spend time in Karnack with my mother and it would be a girl party.  It would just be the two of them, laughing and talking."

Diane says she remembers the times when she was just a kid, visiting Lady Bird in the Whitehouse.  

"Because I was there she made a special effort to make sure that I saw all the things that young people go and do in Washington now. Everything from the Treasury to Mount Vernon; it was quite an education," Diane says.

As Diane grew up, she says she began to understand just how special of a woman Lady Bird really was.

''She was a wonderful mother, and I know this not only because of what I saw myself, but my mother would tell me, 'oh Lady Bird is so worried about the girls because she has to be away from them so much.'"

Diane says when her mother passed away, Lady Bird became her special friend, too.

"I always knew there would be a Christmas card and I always knew I could pick up the phone and call...I will miss her and miss knowing that she was there."

And Diane says Lady Bird will certainly be missed, everyone remembering her love for the beautification of our country and most of all, for her quiet, yet strong spirit.

"Kind of a Texas spirit perhaps."

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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