Reba McEntire Mourns Mom Jacqueline After Her Passing

Reba McEntire is mourning the loss of her mother Jacqueline, who passed away on Saturday, March 14.

“Our Mother, Jacqueline McEntire, made that wonderful cross over into Heaven today. She had a wonderful, full, healthy life and was absolutely ready to go. The cancer might think it won the battle but we’re giving God all the credit on selecting the time for her to go home to Him,” the country singer announced on social media.

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She continued, “She was ready to see our Daddy, her mama and daddy and all her family and friends. Down here, Alice, Pake, Susie and I, grandkids and great grandkids all got to visit with her either in person or over the phone. She left knowing how much she is loved and we all know how much she loved us. We are very thankful for all the prayers, cards, calls, visits, the care-givers with their huge hearts, and the time God gave us with Mama. Jackie, Jac, Ms McEntire, Mama, Mama Jac, Momo Jac, Grandma, Grandma Jac, whatever the title was at the time – she gave you her undivided attention. We’re all going to miss her but we have so many wonderful memories. Thank you Lord for that.”

McEntire added, “In lieu of flowers, the family lovingly asks that memorials be sent to the Reba McEntire Fund to benefit the Jacqueline McEntire Library Fund. Donations can be made online at Texoma Giving Partners or mailed to The Reba McEntire Fund, 5036 Reba Drive, Denison, Texas, 75020. In the memo line please write “Jacqueline McEntire” Phone: THF – Texoma Giving Partners at 903.337.0755″

In the country star’s special note to her beloved mother, McEntire previously revealed that in addition to “You Never Gave Up On Me” being a spiritual song, the song itself was an expression of gratitude to her mother.

“Who besides God has never given up on me? Mama,” McEntire said while promoting her 2019 Stronger Than the Truth alum.

She went on to reveal that when Jacqueline first heard the song “she cried.”

“She was very appreciative. She loved it. But I meant it with all my heart,” McEntire said.

In addition to her mother’s support, the country star previously shared that out of all the lessons she’s learned over the years, the best advice she ever received was from her mother.

“Mama always told me, ‘Reba, it will be over in 24 hours. You can go stand on your head for 24 hours,’” McEntire told PEOPLE in 2016. “That’s really helped me to be my best self because I just focus on the task in front of me and I don’t get overwhelmed about everything else. Don’t stress so much over what happens tomorrow. Live today.”

Jacqueline is survived by her beloved children Reba, Susie, Pake and Alice.

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