Hug Lady

1st Cavalry Division commander Maj. Gen. Michael Bills, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Barteky pose for a photo with Elizabeth Laird after presenting the "Hug Lady" with a plaque in recognition of her service to soldiers during Friday's colors-uncasing ceremony at Fort Hood.

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.

Contact Jacob Brooks or (254) 501-7468

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I just found out about this, she and her family said recently that she appreciated the community support, actually a great many of the people she hugged are all over the world right now, so she and her family have worldwide support.

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