The Duggar family is left reeling after the sudden death of Jim Bob’s mother, Mary Duggar. The beloved grandmother to all of his and Michelle’s 19 kids, passed away on Sunday.
She was a frequent visitor to the reality shows that thrust the proliferate family into the limelight.
Mrs. Duggar had no known medical issues, which made her passing an utter shock for all those close to her.
In the wake off the tragedy, the family has issued a formal statement on their Duggar Family Official Facebook page.
“We are so sad to share that Grandma Duggar (Mary) passed away Sunday afternoon, June 9th, 2019. Mary Lester Duggar grew up in Farmington, Arkansas and was married almost 50 years to J.L. (Jimmy Lee) Duggar who preceded her in death.
“Mary found great joy in sharing her love for Jesus and her own story of how at age 15 she asked Christ to forgive her for her sins.
“It was at that time she committed the rest of her life to live for Him, a commitment she kept with devotion. She loved to share with others how they too could be forgiven of their sins, live a fulfilling life as a Christian, and one day spend eternity in heaven.
“She is survived by her daughter Deanna and her son Jim Bob, 21 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, with several more great-grandchildren on the way!
The statement went on to mention Mary’s role in the family’s two reality shows.
“Grandma Mary Duggar has been on the TLC shows, '19 Kids & Counting’ and ‘Counting On’ with her family for over 15 years. She is greatly loved and will be missed so very much!
“She lived a tremendous life as a follower of Christ, a wife, a devoted mother, a loving mother-in-law, and a much-loved grandmother. Proverbs 31:10-31 describes the virtuous woman, indeed she personified these beautiful verses with her life.
“We deeply appreciate your prayers for our family and all who loved Mary during this time.”
One of Mary’s granddaughters, Jill Dillard shared a touching tribute on Instagram.
“My heart breaks 💔 My grandma died suddenly today! She was an amazing woman of God and such a great example to so many! 🌸
“Grandma, you are greatly missed by all who knew you! 💕 She was a feisty, incredible woman who always took the time to talk about Jesus with everyone she knew!
“I know she was ready to check outta here and get her new body in heaven before the old one started giving her too much trouble! 😉 We miss you so much!! 😭💔”