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05-OCT-2011 Coleen Perilloux Landry

November Challenge "Someone who inspires me"

St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

My very longtime friend, Lindy Boggs came to New Orleans for Archbishop Hannan's funeral. She is now 95 years old and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland and I had not seen her since October 2007.
She is a retired Congressman and Ambassador to the Holy See.
What inspires me so about her is not the politics. She has a strength of character that has helped her live through her husband's (Congressman Hale Boggs, D/LA) disappearance in 1972 in a plane over Alaska. His body was never found. She then ran for his seat and served for 18 years.
She retired from Congress to help care for her daughter, then Mayor of Princeton, New Jersey, who had melanoma. Shorly after her retirement, her daughter died. In 1992, President Bill Clinton asked her if she would serve as U. S. Ambassador to the Holy See (the Pope) and she accepted. She was almost 90 when her service ended in Rome.
She never missed a meeting, a speaking engagement or a dinner dance if she promised you she would be there. She is a southern lady in every sense of the word, polite, respectful and dedicated to her religion, her family, her country and her friends.

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joanteno16-Nov-2011 23:38
Wonderfully, I am inspired
carol j. phipps10-Nov-2011 02:45
Thank you Coleen for sharing this picture and story. She truly is strong in every sense of the word.
pkocinski08-Nov-2011 13:42
I can see why she inspires you - she's a great lady!
laine08-Nov-2011 10:20
I remember your photo of her wearing an ice blue suit...stunning lady then and still is.
Gary Winters08-Nov-2011 07:42
Wow. I've learned a lot from your caption. Quite a story!
Guest 08-Nov-2011 05:31
She sounds like a beautiful person...
Ed Preston08-Nov-2011 04:02
What a wonderful lady Coleen, you have been able to meet some of the most wonderful people and luckily for us, we have been able to meet them also! Thank you!
Dennis Hoyne08-Nov-2011 03:39
A wonderful person, an inspiration for sure.
Cindi Smith08-Nov-2011 03:24
Now that is a strong, vibrant and wonderful woman! I can see the Sister is enchanted with her as well!
Guest 08-Nov-2011 02:59
The Cathedral dummy!
Guest 08-Nov-2011 02:37
Nice! What church is that? Good work!
J. Scott Coile08-Nov-2011 01:00
What warm and loving interaction.