The Duggar family has taken to Instagram to share the devastating loss of one of the most beloved members of their extended clan. Mary Duggar, the mother of family patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, passed away on Sunday, June 9.
The family shared their sentiments to their official Facebook page, while Jill Duggar Dillard posted her sadness regarding her grandmother’s passing on Instagram. Josh Duggar’s wife, Anna, also commented on the family’s loss. In her post, Jill noted that her grandmother was a “feisty” and “incredible” woman of faith who died suddenly.
In the Duggar Family Facebook post, there was an obituary about Mary Duggar, a woman whom fans knew as a quiet but steady presence for the clan for many years. She was seen on-camera throughout the family’s TLC series, 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On, offering words of wisdom as well as assistance to Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar in the raising of their children.
Mary moved in with the Duggar clan when they built their supersized home, at the time living there with her husband of almost 50 years, Jimmy Lee Duggar, Jim Bob’s father. She tended to Jimmy Lee when he grew ill and up until the time of his death in 2009. After his passing, she remained in the Duggar household, helping the family with the younger children and being a constant source of support to her grandchildren.
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My heart breaks ???? My grandma died suddenly today! She was an amazing woman of God and such a great example to so many! ???? Grandma, you are greatly missed by all who knew you! ???? 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!! ????????#maryduggar #rip #grandmaduggar #safeinthearmsofjesus❤
“Grandma Mary,” as viewers knew her, was a devout Christian and a mother of two children, Jim Bob and Deanna. She would eventually have 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
It appears that Mary Duggar also helped set Jim Bob on the road to success in real estate. While fans of the series have learned that Jim Bob regularly buys properties, fixes them, and resells them — a process called “flipping” — he also owns several larger properties that he has broken up and sold to different businesses, generating monthly rent to supplement his income.
Mary Duggar was a successful real estate broker who owned Good Neighbor Realty and was noted in Northwest Arkansas for her successful transactions in the area market.
In the book The Duggars: 20 And Counting, Jim Bob recalled a childhood that was difficult due to the family’s lack of finances but spiritually fulfilling.
“We had some tough times financially, but Mom was never one to wallow in self-pity and she never let us feel sorry for ourselves, Her response to each new challenge set an example for me.”
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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! ????????
Counting On airs on TLC.