The Houston Chronicle reports that the family of Lady Bird Johnson prayed the Litany of Saints as she slipped from her coma into death. Though the First Lady was not Catholic, her daughter Luci is, and she called a friend when the time of death was near.
(Father Bob Scott) did not perform formal last rites but simply prayed with the family, after being called when it appeared Johnson was going to die.
“I said, ‘Let’s say some prayers and give her a welcome into heaven, from all the saints in heaven,” Scott said today. “I finished the Litany of the Saints, believe it or not, and the nurse said, ‘She’s passed’ — at that very moment when I finished the Litany of the Saints.”