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Lindy Boggs remembered as a fighter for Louisiana

Lindy Boggs worshipped at St. Louis Cathedral for years, and the old church was where New Orleans bid her a last goodbye. Mourners celebrated a life of accomplishment and remembered a soft spoken steel magnolia who could move mountains

"She lived long and she died peacefully," said former Gov. Buddy Roemer before the services.

The gathering inside the cathedral was more celebration than goodbye.

"She'd love it. She'd love every second of it," said Boggs' daughter Cokie Roberts.

Boggs was surrounded by her loved ones, friends and colleagues on her last visit to her beloved New Orleans.

The former congresswoman was remembered as the gentle woman who changed Washington.

"When Lindy came to Congress she was effective from the start. She had the experience of Hale's service with the freshness of Lindy," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

"Her goal was to do good, but she was more than good. She was great,"said Congressman John Lewis of Georgia.

When Boggs became Ambassador to the Vatican, former Sen. John Breaux gave this warning: "I told them I don't know if the Pope has ever been called honey or darling, but get ready! Lindy Boggs is coming."

The St. Peter Claver Choir sang hymns Boggs would have requested. Mayor Mitch Landrieu sang Ave Maria.

"Some people say Lindy Boggs was a steel magnolia, I prefer to say she's a live oak with roots that run as deep as the nation," the mayor said.

When asked if Boggs said anything before she died, her daughter Cokie Roberts responded, "I love you."

On a brilliant summer day Lindy Boggs had the traditional farewell that was well deserved after a life of working for others.

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