"She dearly loved her earmarks, using them in a strategic way to help the people at home, focusing on education and empowerment. She fought for people's everyday needs, from day care centers to literacy programs and shelters for battered women. For years after her final term, Congresswoman Boggs would ring me up to say, 'Barbara darlin', I have a little request that can go a long way.' Even after she left the House, it was clear she never left the people of New Orleans." — Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., on the legacy of former Louisiana Rep. Lindy Boggs, who died July 27 at the age of 97.
Boggs, who later became U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, was honored with a visitation at St. Louis Cathedral Aug. 1. After leaving office, Boggs was a familiar face in the French Quarter. She would walk to Mass at the Cathedral each morning from her home on one of the busiest blocks of Bourbon Street. (For more on Boggs and her legacy, see "Politics," p. 16.)