Katrina-era governor, Kathleen Blanco, to be buried Saturday

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Three days of public mourning for Louisiana’s former governor, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, are ending with a funeral Mass and burial service for the devout Catholic.

Hundreds of people are expected Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette to honor the state’s only female governor. After the Mass, Blanco will be buried in a private family service.

Blanco, who served one term as governor and various elected positions across two decades, was in Louisiana’s top job during the destruction of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. She died a week ago from cancer. Blanco was 76.

The former governor was memorialized at prayer services Thursday in Baton Rouge and Friday in Lafayette. Hundreds of mourners packed the Louisiana Capitol for a public visitation.

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