Diane Sawyer‘s mother Jean Sawyer Hayes passed away Wednesday in Louisville, KY. She was 94.
Sawyer told the Courier-Journal this morning that her mother “was a force of nature, optimistic, spunky and energetic.”
Sawyer Hayes, was a longtime elementary school teacher and, later, civic leader. “Her students by the hundreds were jolted into the possibilities of their lives,” Sawyer said.
A visitation is planned for this weekend in St. Matthews, KY with a private funeral next week.
ABC News president James Goldston sent a note to ABC News staff this morning, writing that Sawyer “is with her Kentucky family now, and her ABC family will embrace her when she returns.”