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 State funeral for Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen
 Posted: Dec 21 2017, 07:35 PM

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State funeral for Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen
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Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen will be farewelled at a state funeral in the small Queensland town where she lived, as her family prepares to endure their first Christmas without their matriarch.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's office confirmed on Thursday she and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had agreed to extend the offer of a funeral or memorial service to her family, depending on their wishes.

Son John Bjelke-Petersen thanked the government and said the family would accept a state funeral.

"Mum certainly deserves the recognition by that," he told AAP.

Mr Bjelke-Petersen said the family were working on a date that would suit as many people as possible, but it would be held in the Kingaroy Town Hall, near where she lived for most of her life.

"That's where dad's funeral service was," he said.

Lady Bjelke-Petersen died on Wednesday aged 97 following complications from a fall she suffered a few weeks ago.

While best known for being the wife of long-serving Queensland premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, and for her pumpkin scones, Lady Flo - as she was affectionately known - also had a 12-year career as a Nationals senator.

Mr Bjelke-Petersen said his mum was a formidable force who raised him and his three sisters while also supporting her husband's political career.

R.I.P. Flo, you were a great woman.

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 Posted: Dec 21 2017, 09:38 PM

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