A funeral mass for former Governor Kathleen Blanco will take place on Saturday in Lafayette at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral. The 76-year-old Blanco died Sunday following a battle with cancer.
Governor John Bel Edwards remembers the state’s first elected female governor as a woman of abiding faith, unconditional love for her family and the people she served.
“She once said that in 2004 that she felt the call to lift up the less fortunate, the call to improve our communities and the state,” said Edwards.
Thursday will see several events in her honor in Baton Rouge, including an interfaith service at St. Joseph’s Cathedral at 10 AM. Blanco will also lie in state at Louisiana’s State Capitol from 1 PM to 6 PM. Edwards says the former governor was an influence to him when he came into office.
On Friday, a public visitation will take place from 12:30 PM until 8 PM at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral on 914 St. John Street in Lafayette.
Edwards has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until her private burial on Saturday.
“She’s going to be greatly missed, but the legacy that she leaves behind, the work that she did for the people of this state will live on for generations to come.
The funeral at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral is from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM. A private burial will follow afterward.