Facebook Twitter

JACKIE WILL BE BURIED WITH JFK IN ARLINGTON

SHARE JACKIE WILL BE BURIED WITH JFK IN ARLINGTON

Separated three decades ago by an assassin's bullet, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy will be reunited in death when she is buried alongside him Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

She will be buried after a funeral Monday morning at St. Ignatius of Loyola Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan, according to Nancy Tuckerman, her friend and spokeswoman.Mrs. Onassis' body remained at her apartment. Tuckerman said there were no plans for a wake.

Meanwhile, the nation that once mourned with the former first lady mourned for her, with flowers, fond rememberances and tears. She died the way that she wanted to, her son said -- at home, surrounded by the things she loved.

"She did it in her own way and in her own terms, and we all feel lucky for that," a somber John F. Kennedy Jr. told reporters Friday.

Mrs. Onassis, 64, the widow of President Kennedy and Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, died Thursday night from complications from lymph cancer that had spread to her brain and liver. She went home from the hospital a day earlier when doctors told her they could do nothing more.

"She was surrounded by her friends and family and her books, and the people and the things that she loved," her son said. "We are extremely grateful" for the outpouring of support, he added.

Shortly after he spoke, an empty coffin was carried into Mrs. Onassis' building by black-suited men from the Frank E. Campbell funeral home. Kennedy, 33, and his sister, Caroline Kennedy Schossberg, 36, followed the coffin inside.

As the arrangements were made, the world remembered the woman known for her sophistication and style in the White House, her fortitude and courage after her husband was slain.

"She captivated our nation and the world with her intelligence, her elegance and her grace," President Clinton said Friday morning.

"I love her. I always love her," Paraguayan housekeeper Miguela Yaluk said outside Mrs. Onassis' green-canopied building. "She affected me personally...very deeply in my heart."

Bouquets of spring flowers-- pink tulips, a single white lily, red roses and fragrant lilacs-- piled up at the building door, perhaps plucked from Central Park where Mrs. Onassis used to jog.

Dan Scurro, a guard at the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art, left one pale, pink rose tied with white ribbon.

Through three decades had pased and her face had matured with age, many still recalled the young woman in a blood-splattered pink suit and pillbox hat, moments after her husband was slain.

"We grew up in the Kennedy generation," said Rick Gibbons, a tourist from St. Paul, Minn.