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Reba McEntire’s Mother, Jacqueline, Dies at Age 93

Our thoughts are with Reba's family during this difficult time.

Written by Lauren Laffer
Reba McEntire’s Mother, Jacqueline, Dies at Age 93
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 09: Reba McEntire (R) and Jacqueline Smith arrive at Muhammad Ali's 22nd Celebrity Fight Night held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 9, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Reba McEntire and her family are mourning the loss of their matriarch, Jacqueline. The country icon announced that her mother passed away on Saturday, March 14, with a glowing and reflective post to Instagram.

“Our Mother, Jacqueline McEntire, made that wonderful cross over into Heaven today,” Reba began. “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. She was ready to see our Daddy, her mama and daddy and all her family and friends.

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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. 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. 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 https://www.texomagivingpartners.org/donate 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

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“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 shared. “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.”

Her post went on to ask that in Jacqueline’s honor and in lieu of flowers, that fans donate to the Reba McEntire Fund to benefit the Jacqueline McEntire Library Fund.

Reba and her siblings had a close relationship with their mother, often documenting their gatherings on social media. The family credits Jacqueline with teaching them how to sing.

UPDATE, 3/16/2020, 4:08 p.m. CST: Reba announced that due to current health precautions, her family has decided to delay her mother’s funeral in hopes of giving her a proper celebration of life.

“After much thoughts and careful consideration among our family, we have decided to indefinitely postpone Mama’s funeral and burial at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know as soon as possible about future plans to celebrate her life when it is safe for everyone to attend. Thank you all for the calls, cards, thoughts and prayers for our family at this difficult time,” the note read in full.