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BATON ROUGE, LA — Louisiana’s first female Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, died Sunday, August 18th after battling a rare, incurable type of cancer that had spread to her liver. She was 76.
Her body will lie in state in the Louisiana Capitol Rotunda Thursday as part of a three-day celebration of her life.
An Interfaith Service is scheduled at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Baton Rouge before an honor procession at the State Capitol. Blanco will be met with a military salute on the front steps and then lie in state for public visitation.
A public visitation and prayer service is also scheduled in Lafayette. A Mass of Christian Burial is set for Saturday before a private burial.
Elected and civic leaders from across the state including New Orleans Mayor, LaToya Cantrell, Present Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards, NOTMC President and CEO Mark Romig and many others have given their condolences.
Many will remember Blanco, as her name is synonymous with Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita, in a statement she said it was her dying wish that she be remembered for her faith in God, commitment to family and love of Louisiana.”