FINAL HONOUR: Lady Flo playing the organ at Orana.
FINAL HONOUR: Lady Flo playing the organ at Orana. Lachie Millard

State funeral for Lady Flo

LADY Florence Bjelke-Petersen will be laid to rest in a state funeral to be held at Kingaroy Town Hall in the new year.

It was confirmed on Thursday night the State and Federal governments had reached an agreement for a state funeral.

The service will take place on Thursday, January 4, at 1pm.

Son John Bjelke-Petersen welcomed the announcement.

"It would be about celebrating Mum's life and letting people be a part of that occasion and recognising the part she played in this community," Mr Bjelke-Petersen said.

"Mum provided a great commitment to this part of the world.

"She deserves it."

Lady Flo's funeral is being organised by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

She will be buried alongside Sir Joh at the family's property, Bethany.

In an interview with the Courier Mail about a month before she died, Lady Flo said one of her final wishes was to see her husband Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen's reputation restored.

Joh Bjelke-Petersen was honoured with a state funeral at the Kingaroy Town Hall when he died in 2005.

Lady Flo died on Wednesday, December 20, following a short illness.

As well as being the wife of Queensland's longest serving premier, Lady Flo served in the senate between 1981 and 1993.

Mr Bjelke-Petersen said his mother had achieved so much in politics.

"And then going on to achieve in her own right being in the senate and serving the people of Queensland, helping so many people in that process," he said.

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