'Counting On' star Grandma Duggar dies 'suddenly' at the age of 78, family announces

'Counting On' star Grandma Duggar dies 'suddenly' at the age of 78, family announces

The Duggar family is currently in mourning after the loss of "Grandma" Mary Duggar who passed away "suddenly" on Sunday. She is being remembered and honored by her large family who took to social media to share their tributes. 

Mary's granddaughter Jill shared a black and white picture with her grandmother to reveal the sad news. Jill captioned the image, "My heart breaks. My grandma died suddenly today! She was an amazing woman of God and such a great example to so many! 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!!" 

Jill Duggar paid tribute to Grandma Duggar who passed away on Sunday (Source: jillmdillard, Instagram)


The Duggar family's official Facebook page first announced the news on Sunday where the matriarch was remembered by her family. The Facebook post read, "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," the post continued.

Mary is leaving behind 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren as the tributes highlighted her successes including working as a prime real estate broker. 

"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. We deeply appreciate your prayers for our family and all who loved Mary during this time," the post concluded. 


Anna Duggar also shared a post to remember Grandma Duggar and wrote, "Great-Grandma Duggar went to heaven today to be with Jesus! What an awesome woman of faith and such a loving example of God’s love. She was a true soul-winner and loved everyone she met, telling them to turn from sin and trust Jesus for salvation! Miss her soooo much and we cherish each moment we were blessed to spend together! Lots of tears being shed here — grateful for all the prayers!"

Details of the matriarch's death have not yet been disclosed.


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