Laura Bush’s Mom Dies At 99, Just Before Mother’s Day

Our hearts are going out to the Bush family, following the news that Laura Bush’s mom, Jenna Hawkins Welch, died on Friday — two days before Mother’s Day. She was 99.

In a sweet Instagram post, Laura described her mom as “a true daughter of West Texas who loved her family, books, and nature. My memories of reading with her and stargazing under the Midland sky are reminders of the passions that she nurtured in me.”

Laura’s daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, also wrote: “She read us poetry and taught us about every constellation in the sky. Her kindness and graciousness were as expansive as the West Texas horizon.”

The family held a funeral on Saturday, though no further details of her passing were available.

Rest in peace, Jenna.

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