This is so heartbreaking. Grandma Mary Duggar — who Counting On and 19 Kids and Counting fans likely recognize from the TLC shows — sadly passed away on Sunday, June 9. The official Duggar family Facebook shared the sad news late that night, and other members of the family soon followed with their own tributes on social media.

“We are so sad to share that Grandma Duggar (Mary) passed away Sunday afternoon, June 9th, 2019,” the statement began. “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 … 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.”

The statement noted that Mary — who was 78 when she passed — is survived by her daughter, Deanna, and her son, Jim Bob Duggar, plus 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, with “several more great-grandchildren” arriving soon. The statement concluded, “We deeply appreciate your prayers for our family and all who loved Mary during this time.”

Jill Duggar shared the sad news on her Instagram. “My heart breaks 💔,” she wrote on June 9. “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!! 😭💔.”

Amy Duggar King also shared a tribute to her grandma, who she was very close to. “It breaks my heart to write this,” she began. “My best friend passed away yesterday afternoon. Jesus sure took home a treasure. I’m at a loss for words, shaking as I even type this out. I loved her so much. She helped raise me, we did everything together. We’ve been on countless trips, we had lunch together 3 times a week, and if we weren’t together we were either texting or calling each other.”

Amy — who is currently expecting her first child and had her grandmother participate in a gender reveal seen in the video above — continued, “She was so supportive and was so excited to meet our little guy. I just can’t believe she is really gone … My heart just hurts and my life will never be the same. Mema you will always be so precious to me and you were such a light who impacted so many lives. You lived joyously, and beautifully … and I will miss you every single day. I know though you are in perfect peace and we will see you again.”

On June 10, Jinger Duggar posted some lovely photos of her Grandma to her own account, and shared, “Yesterday, this precious woman went home to be with Jesus. Our hearts are broken, yet at peace, knowing that she is now in glory with her Savior. She was the best grandma, counselor, friend, woman of faith, bargain shopping buddy, McDonald’s fish sandwich lovin’ lady, who was always up for an adventure — whether across town or across the world! She loved the Lord more than anything, and thus shared the hope of Jesus Christ with everyone who crossed her path. She was always there for her family and was so sacrificial in her service toward us. She will be greatly missed. Thank you for your prayers for our family during this immensely difficult time.”

Anna Duggar posted a tribute as well, which read in part, “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!”

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

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