With Duggar women scheduled to bring a new life into the world this year, the famous family was hit with some news of the opposite kind over the weekend.
Some very awful and sad news involving death, that is:
Mary Duggar has passed away.
The mother of Jim Bob Duggar, Mary was often featured on both 19 Kids and Counting and its ongoing spinoff, Counting On.
We're still waiting to learn details of how and why she died, but it appears to have been a sudden and unexpeted tragedy, simply based on the way various loved ones reacted yesterday on social media.
“We are so sad to share that Grandma Duggar (Mary) passed away Sunday afternoon, June 9th, 2019,” a message shared on the family's official Facebook page reads.
“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…”
This post also included the photo and above and continues:
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.
She loved to share with others how they too could be forgiven of their sins, live a fulfilling life as a Christian, and one day spend eternity in heaven.
Mary - who is survived by her daughter, son, 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren - celebrated her final birthday on the same day Jessa Seewald gave birth to her third child.
Along with her affect on her family personally, Mary is actually considered responsible for their success professionally as well.
She allegedly called several networks in an attempt to gauge interest in airing a TV special about the Duggars many years ago.
Wrote Anna Duggar on Instagram in response to this very sad piece of news:
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!
Jill Dillard then chimed in as follows:
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!
Mary Duggar worked as a real estate broker (who owned Good Neighbor Realty) for most of her adult life.
She was famous locally for this job, too, known for being the individual who put together the property sale for the John Q. Hammons Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Springdale.
We will update this post with more tributes to Mary and more news as it breaks.
We send our condolences to the Duggar family at this time.
May she rest in peace.