‘Counting On’: Jinger Duggar’s Husband Played an Emotional Role in Grandma Mary’s Funeral Service

Anyone who watched the Counting On season finale was likely brought to tears during the children’s touching tributes at Grandma Mary’s funeral. Her death was sudden, making the loss even harder to bare, but her grandchildren still tried their best to hold it together as they all played an important role in sharing memories about their grandmother during her services. But Jinger Duggar’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo also played an emotional role in the final moments of Mary’s funeral.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo
Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo | Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images

Grandma Mary died unexpectedly in June

When Jim Bob received the call that his mother had passed, he was shocked. The Duggars had just been with their grandmother at church on the morning of June 9; by that afternoon, she had suddenly died. Mary had fallen into her pool and drowned, though Michelle Duggar said in the Counting On season finale that she believes a stroke is what had caused her mother-in-law to fall in the pool. Despite the death ruled as a drowning, Michelle believes that her passing was quick and painless.

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It didn’t matter who you were, she was “Grandma” to you. That’s most often how she would introduce herself. “Hi, I’m Grandma!” Everybody called her Grandma. She took a genuine interest in people. She would converse with you in a way that made you feel special and loved and cared about. She had a knack for remembering details, and the next time she saw you, she would inquire about things told to her in past conversations. She was so excited about the many new great-grandbabies due this coming fall and winter, and it never got old for her. She welcomed each new baby with joy and would hold them with such tenderness and delight. We will keep her stories and memories alive for these little ones, but we’re sad that they will not have the blessing of knowing her in person as we have. She was always available. When we kids were young, she would often babysit so Mom and Dad could go out on a date. If Mom needed something from the grocery store, she was happy to pick it up. She always had time for a conversation with the teenager and never passed over the toddlers either. Each one of us was made to feel valued and loved by Grandma. She was our biggest cheerleader, coming to every music recital, birthday party, and graduation celebration— and with 21 grandkids and 13 great-grandkids, that was quite a feat! She was an exhorter. If we ever doubted our gifts or abilities, Grandma was there to spur us on. She’d pull the classic “grandma move” and have us putting on impromptu talent shows for complete strangers. “Why don’t you get up here and perform that song you’ve been working on?” “Aww, Grandma, really? Do I have to?” We’d say, glancing at mom, but we knew Mom would back her every time. We’d reluctantly get up and do a number, and it didn’t matter how terrible we thought we sounded, Grandma would beam with pride and start the applause. She believed in our gifts and abilities more than we did at times, and she spurred us on to do our best and to give God the glory for all our talents and achievements. Click :LINK IN BIO: or swipe left to read the rest of the tribute to Grandma Duggar ❤️—

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Her children had a difficult time getting through her funeral

Although the Duggars firmly believe in life after death, it didn’t make losing their grandmother any easier. On the season finale, the kids had a very difficult time handling the loss. Jackson Duggar, the 15th child, broke down while speaking about his grandmother at the podium. The same thing happened to Joe Duggar, who hadn’t even started speaking before he began to cry. Jinger and Jana Duggar looked on from their seats, both with tears in their eyes, and Jinger broke down while speaking about her grandmother on camera. All of the children played an important role in honoring their grandmother’s memory during her service.

Jeremy Vuolo said the final words before they laid Mary to rest

During the episode, the children were seen speaking about their grandmother; the service at the family’s church as also shown, as well as the drive to the cemetery. And some of the last words about Mary were spoken by Jinger Duggar’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo. It’s unclear why Jeremy was chosen to speak on the whole family’s behalf at her final burial, but it’s likely because he is a pastor and has experience with handling funerals. In between his words, the camera panned to teary-eyed family members saying their final goodbye.

Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo have been married since 2016.

Mary was the last surviving parent between Michelle and Jim Bob

Over the years, Mary became known as the matriarch of the Duggar family. She was the last surviving parent between Michelle and Jim Bob, and Michelle noted during the episode how she and Mary had become so close during the years, since she lost her own parents quite a while ago. All of the grandchildren recalled how much they looked up to their grandmother and discussed the special bond they had formed with her while she was here.

The tragic accident also reminded Michelle and Jim Bob to hold their own grandchildren a bit closer. The two said toward the end of the episode that they would cherish the time spent with their grandchildren, since no one could ever be certain when their time is up.