Funeral services are scheduled for former U.S. Congresswoman and civil rights activist Lindy Boggs. Visitation will start at 9:00 am Thursday at the St. Louis Cathedral, followed by a service at 11:00 am. Boggs died of natural causes Saturday, at the age of 97, at her home in Chevy Chase, MD.
Boggs served for 18 years in Congress and three years as ambassador to the Vatican. Her tenure in Congress began with a special election to finish the term of her husband, Hale Boggs Sr., whose plane disappeared over Alaska six months prior. Boggs ran several of her husband’s political campaigns and helped in his Washington and New Orleans offices. She worked for the Civil Rights Acts of 1965 and 1968 and continued philanthropy after retiring from Congress in 1990.
Born “Corinne Claiborne” in March 13, 1916, on a plantation near New Orleans, Boggs was a descendant of Louisiana’s first elected governor, William C.C. Claiborne. She attended Sophie Newcomb College and met her future husband when they worked together on the Tulane student paper. Lindy Boggs is survived by her son, Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. and her daughter, ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts.