Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco's family is staying strong amid their loss.
Dozens of Louisiana dignitaries lined the steps of the State Capitol as Governor Blanco made her way to the rotunda as the state says good bye.
"She really loved people and the people of Louisiana. We're a little bit different than the rest of the world and she certainly knew that," said Governor Blanco's daughter Monique Boulet.
In all, the Governor and her husband Raymond had four daughters and two sons.
"It's really surreal right now. She's a little bit bigger than life for us, probably for the first time," Boulet said. "She's always been our mom."
A mom who worked 15-years as a stay-at-home mom for her six children before making the decision to serve the State.
"She came in here at the Capitol and she is going out here. The people here do love her...everybody from the maintenance staff all the way up to the Governor. It's wonderful to see everybody, the people who were here when she was here...they've all been gracious," Boulet said.
The Blancos say their mom always taught life lessons and they're thankful they had time to share special moments with her before she passed.
"While she suffered and I'm sorry she did, I would take that away if I could, but at the same time, we had a lot of time to say good by and to be together as a family. It strengthened us. It will get hard in the coming weeks and get harder, but right now, there is a lot of peace," Boulet said.
The Blanco family says they're appreciative of the outpouring of love and prayers for their family.