WWLTV.com and Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - Family and friends came together to say their goodbyes and celebrate the life and legacy of Lindy Boggs.
The public was invited to pay their last respects at Boggs' funeral services at St. Louis Cathedral on Thursday.
The former congresswoman passed away from natural causes at the age of 97 at her home in Maryland on Saturday.
Among the highlights were eulogies from Mrs. Boggs' granddaughters, who talked of the things their "Maw Maw" had taught them. Mayor Mitch Landrieu, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. John Lewis and former Sen. John Breaux also spoke of Mrs. Boggs' style, grace, faith and love for family and for serving her country.
Mayor Landrieu also touched many in the crowd by performing "Ave Maria" during the Mass.
Boggs was the first woman from Louisiana elected to congress and the first female U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. She spent nearly 20 years as representative of Louisiana's Second Congressional District, which included New Orleans. She succeeded her late husband, Hale Boggs, in the House of Representatives.
She was known for showing special interest to women's and children's issues.
Visitation took place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and was followed by words of remembrance. The funeral Mass began at 11:30 a.m. and will be celebrated by Archbishop Gregory Aymond.
Additional music during the service was provided by two choirs and vocalist Leah Chase.
After the Mass, the Treme Brass Band led a second line through the French Quarter, which was one of Mrs. Boggs' wishes.
The congregation at the service was a who's who of political notables, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. David Vitter and the other members of the Louisiana delegation, including Rep. Cedric Richmond, who holds Boggs' seat in Congress. He served as a pallbearer, along with former Mayor Marc Morial, other members of the Boggs family and longtime friends.
Boggs will be buried in her hometown of New Roads.
Because of the funeral coverage, "The Young and the Restless" did not air at its regular time. It will air Friday morning at 1:07 a.m. "The Bold and the Beautiful" will air at 2:07 a.m. Friday.