‘Counting On’: Jim Bob Duggar Reveals How He Learned of His Mother’s Death in Season 10 Trailer

TLC recently released the new Counting On trailer for the show’s 10th season, and it looks more intense than anything we’ve ever seen from the Duggars. The newest season shows the family’s ups and downs, but this time, a major tragedy strikes the Duggar family. Grandma Mary Duggar, Jim Bob’s mother, passed away suddenly earlier this summer; in the new trailer, Jim Bob recalls how he first heard the news.

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The Duggar family took to social media in early June to announce Mary Duggar had passed away

Earlier in the summer, the Duggars took to social media to share their fondest memories of Grandma Mary; they revealed she had passed away suddenly. Fans were shocked, since Mary was often on the show and helped Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar care for the kids. Many of her grandchildren posted heartfelt messages about her on Instagram. “She was so excited about the many new great-grandbabies due this coming fall and winter,” Jessa Duggar recalled in a post. “She was a feisty, incredible woman who always took the time to talk about Jesus with everyone she knew!” Jill Duggar wrote.

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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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It was later revealed she drowned in her pool one afternoon after church

Shortly after the family announced Mary’s death, it was reported that she had died tragically. Mary had accidentally fallen into her own pool in her backyard one Sunday after church. “It appears she slipped and fell in the pool,” Washington County Coroner Robert Morris told USA Today. The media outlet also reported that the accident had occurred at Mary’s home. Jill revealed in a blog post that she was in “disbelief” when she received the news that her grandmother had passed.

In the new trailer, Jim Bob recalls receiving a phone call from his sister

In the Counting On season 10 trailer, Mary’s death is a focal point. And Jim Bob recalls the horrible moment when he learned what had happened to his mother. “I got a call, and Deanna said, ‘… Come over quickly, mom has passed away,” he said with a somber look. After Mary’s death, the media revealed Jim Bob’s sister, Deanna, had been the one to find her. The trailer then shows the funeral itself, along with the procession leading to the cemetery. “You just never know how much longer we’ll have,” Michelle says in response to the tragedy.

The family is very emotional at their grandmother’s funeral

The Duggar family is very religious, and Mary had strong ties to her faith; she and her husband raised Jim Bob to be as religious as he is today. The Duggars firmly believe that there is life beyond death, and that’s why they spend life working so hard to serve the Lord. Yet still, when someone they love crosses over, it’s a very emotional process. The trailer shows several of Mary’s grandchildren crying during her service, including her grandsons trying to stay strong as they speak about her in front of all who attended.

Mary’s tragic death, along with other drama in the Duggars’ lives, will be revealed in season 10, which premieres on October 15 on TLC.