Copperas Cove resident Elizabeth Laird, widely known as the Fort Hood “Hug Lady,” died Thursday at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen.
Attending almost every deployment and homecoming at Fort Hood since 2003, Laird gave an estimated 500,000 hugs to deploying and returning soldiers.
Laird, 83, diagnosed with breast cancer, was hospitalized in November because of her deteriorating health.
A funeral service is pending with Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home of Copperas Cove.
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