‘Counting On’: The Duggar Family Mourns the Loss of Grandma Mary, 73, Who Just Passed Away ‘Suddenly’

It’s a sad day for the Duggar family as they mourn the loss of family matriarch, Mary Duggar. The 73-year-old mother of Jim Bob Duggar is said to have passed away “suddenly” on Sunday, much to the shock of her large extended family.

Counting On fans no doubt remember seeing Mary Duggar appear on a few episodes of 19 Kids and Counting back in the day. Even though she wasn’t a huge part of the show, her bright personality showed through even in her brief appearances.

The whole Duggar family is mourning Mary Duggar’s passing

We are so sad to share that Grandma Duggar (Mary) passed away Sunday afternoon, June 9th, 2019. Mary Lester Duggar grew…

Posted by Duggar Family Official on Sunday, June 9, 2019

News of Mary Duggar’s passing broke on the family Facebook page. They said: “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 also discussed the family Mary built, including 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. At the end, the post highlighted the important place Mary Duggar had in their lives.

“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.”

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

Jill Duggar also had a sweet tribute to her grandmother

All of the Duggars are very upset to lose their grandmother, and Jill Duggar took to social media to express her love and respect for someone she saw as a role model.

Jill wrote: “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!!”

Anna Duggar had a tribute for her husband’s grandmother

Even Mary Duggar’s grandchildren through marriage had sweet things to say about her. Anna Duggar shared a post on Instagram that said, “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!”

Our thoughts are with the Duggar family during this difficult time.