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The Duggars Reflect On First Mother’s Day After Grandma’s Death

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On Sunday, June 9, 2019, the Duggars shared the sad news of Grandma Mary Duggar’s passing. It was an unexpected loss. The cause of death was later revealed. She appeared to have slipped and fallen into a pool and, as a result, drowned. This was a very hard loss for the entire family. And, many of their friends and fans loved Grandma Mary too. She made plenty of appearances on the family’s shows, and she was a major part of their lives.

Now, the family is celebrating their first Mother’s Day without Grandma Mary around. Because she played such a big role in their lives, the day was hard for them.

The Duggars talk about the loss of Grandma Mary

In a social media post on Sunday, Michelle talks about losing Grandma Mary. Michelle shares a series of photos featuring herself with her daughters. In some of the pictures, Mary is pictured too.

Michelle writes, “This Mother’s Day is our first without Jim Bob’s mother, Grandma Mary Duggar. What a gift and a treasure she was to our family. I first got to know her when I went to work at a yogurt shop where she was the manager. As a new Christian, I was so impressed by her godly example and wanted to learn from her. She was a bold witness for Christ, and even when difficult situations would arise, I would hear her say ‘Praise the Lord in all things!’ Little did I know that I would soon fall in love with and marry her son, and would be blessed to call her my mother-in-law! What a gift and a kindness of God. She was a devoted grandma and truly became like a mother to me after my own mom’s passing.”

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My own mother, Ethel Ruark, was a loving wife and dedicated mother of 7, of whom I was the youngest. She passed away nearly three decades ago, when my journey in mothering had only just begun. In those early days of grieving her loss, it was difficult to imagine parenting my children without her. I wanted her to know her grand babies and for them to know her. I longed for her to be there for me as my mom, a seasoned mother to lean on and to go to for advice in raising my own kids. I desired for her to see my kids grow up, to be there for all the birthday parties and families gatherings, to celebrate all their milestones and achievements. She was a wonderful grandma. She is greatly loved and dearly missed. This Mother’s Day is our first without Jim Bob’s mother, Grandma Mary Duggar. What a gift and a treasure she was to our family. I first got to know her when I went to work at a yogurt shop where she was the manager. As a new Christian, I was so impressed by her godly example and wanted to learn from her. She was a bold witness for Christ, and even when difficult situations would arise, I would hear her say “Praise the Lord in all things!” Little did I know that I would soon fall in love with and marry her son, and would be blessed to call her my mother-in-law! What a gift and a kindness of God. She was a devoted grandma and truly became like a mother to me after my own mom’s passing. We miss her dearly. This Mother’s Day, I’m thinking on the next generation of mothers, and I’m so grateful to God for each one of my daughters and daughters-in-love! They are godly, wonderful mothers, raising the next generation to know and love the Lord. My heart rejoices as I watch them love on and nurture their own little ones— cuddling them, laughing with them, playing with them, helping them learn to respond kindly and gently to others, patiently working out squabbles or disagreements between cousins, reading the Bible to them, singing with them, praying with them. It brings a smile to my face every time I get the joy of being with these sweet Mamas! They are truly some of my best friends! Happy Mother’s Day to each of you girls!

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Michelle goes on to talk about how the Duggars greatly miss Grandma Mary. It’s obvious that this loss is a hard one for the family, even nearly a year later. But, they are receiving lots of love and support from their followers on social media. It seems like the family’s fans can sympathize and share many of the same feelings about their own family members.

Michelle praises daughters and ‘daughters-in-love’

In her post, Michelle also talks about her daughters and “daughters-in-love.” She applauds them for raising their children in godly homes and for being wonderful mothers. From the post, it sounds like Michelle has a close relationship with these women. She adds that her daughters and “daughters-in-love” are some of her best friends. She wishes them all a “Happy Mother’s Day.”

So, what do you think of Michelle’s sweet post about Grandma Mary? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Aubrey Meister

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