Laura Gilmore Weddle Hale

Laura Gilmore Weddle Hale, of Seabrook, Texas passed away Friday, July 23, 2021 at her residence. Laura was born on February 12, 1945 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and at a very early age, the family moved to Texas City, Texas. Laura graduated from Texas City High School in 1963, and was a resident of Seabrook, Texas for over 40 years.

Laura went to work for UTMB, then held a management position in the airline industry. She returned to the medical field as a grant writer for Houston and Galveston hospitals serving under Drs. Michael DeBakey, Rafael Espada and Jimmy F. Howell. Laura had a passion for journalism, technical writing and research and was even a ghost writer of books.

Laura served the community through multiple organizations including Rotary International (as past President and Assistant District Governor) which had the most profound impact on her and her spirit of civic service.  She was also active in the Clear Lake/Bay Area Carmeliters with whom she often traveled.  Her love for travel took her all over the world on over 100 cruises, forming special bonds with friends who also loved travel. She had an incredible gift of remembering every single detail of each port, location and person she met along the way.  She organized dozens of trips for others based on her extensive travel knowledge and experiences. Her adventurous spirit allowed her to meet many famous and revered people in her lifetime.

Laura is survived by her son, John Lee Hale (Sarah Skelton) of Houston, Texas; daughter, Andrea Nicol Hale (Wyland Lee Hunter) of Galveston, Texas; brother, Vernon Weddle (Gerri); grandson, Nathan William Hale; nephews, Richard Weddle (Jade, Jasmine and Josh), Kirk Weddle (Tracy McGoldrick); her beloved cat, Turbo; and numerous other relatives and friends.

As a longtime resident of the Clear Lake/Nasa area, Laura can honestly say that she danced with the first man to walk on the moon and dined with the last man to walk on the moon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Mansfield Weddle and Sarah Grace Gilmore Weddle.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 30, 2021 at Crowder Funeral Home at 111 E Medical Center Blvd in Webster, Texas with funeral service immediately following at 11:00 a.m.

A burial will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021, 3:00 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery, 400 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, Mississippi where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved parents.

Arrangements under the direction of Crowder Funeral Home in Webster. In lieu of flowers, please be a faithful servant and make a donation of your choice to an organization of your choice.


  1. Mmy sympathy at this time of sorrow. Pray for comfort and hearts to heal.

    Sharon M. McDonald
  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with Laura’s family. May our condolences bring you comfort, and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss.

    Debbie & Scott Smith - CLF
  3. Andrea & Family,
    My heart hurts for you to hear of your mom’s passing. Please know I am here for you in any capacity. Love & Prayers to you!

    Laura Quinlan
  4. Laura will be missed by her TCHS class of 1963. Fond memories of those years with Laura. She continued to be a part of our reunions and get togethers over the years.

    Our prayers and sympathy for her family.

    Sharon M Gordy
  5. Andrea and family Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Nick H
  6. “A mother’s love is alive forever. In the lessons she taught, the patience she gave, and in the hearts of the children she raised”

    Prayers to you in your time of loss – The Velasquez Family

    Shawn Velasquez
  7. Laura was such a bright part in the day everytime I received a phone call. She was more than a travel client of mine, she was a friend and sister in Christ. I pray for her surviving family and friends. She is missed.

  8. Andrea,
    Your mother’s strength, perseverance, intelligence and ability to handle herself in any situation, obviously lives in you. She lived a very rewarding life and was fortunate to have you as a companion and caretaker these past few years.
    Condolences to you and her family on her passing. Now she has the whole universe to travel.
    Lonnie and Carol Davis

    Lon Davis

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