So unfortunately the Houston Chronicle reports her mother, Audrey Lawson, passed away of natural causes Saturday at the age of 83.
The Rev. Bill Lawson and Audrey founded Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in the early 1960s. She worked tirelessly to help those in need through the church and charter schools, plus helped build The Ensemble Theater.
"She was the strongest woman you've ever know," Melanie described her on the station's website.
The Houston Library has even archived letters between Audrey and Bill Lawson online.
Channel 13 anchor Tom Abrahams filed this piece in memory of Audrey Lawson.