Jenna Welch, mother of Laura Bush, dies in Midland home on Friday

Published: May. 12, 2019 at 4:30 PM CDT
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Jenna Hawkins Welch, the mother of Laura Bush and a longtime Midlander, died on Friday at the age of 99.

Laura Bush posted the following statement on her Facebook page on Sunday morning:

"This Mother’s Day, I’m remembering my mother, who passed away at the age of 99 on Friday morning.

Jenna Hawkins Welch was 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.

Our family is grateful for her long and wonderful life. We miss her dearly."

An obituary in Sunday’s Midland Reporter-Telegram said “Jenna Welch engaged in a variety of civic activities, including as a Girl Scout troop leader, a member of the Boone Bible Class and a Sunday school teacher at the First United Methodist Church of Midland, and a member of the Midland Naturalist Society, 'the Mid-Nats.' In her later years, she lovingly cared for her husband as he battled cancer and later dementia until his death in 1995."

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