Jessa Duggar Praises Late Grandma Mary’s Many-Sided Personality in a Tribute Letter

Jessa Duggar posted a touching tribute to her late grandma Mary, reminiscing about who she was; a genuine person who always made herself available to the family.

Jessica Duggar penned a heartfelt tribute to her grandmother, Mary Duggar, who passed away on Sunday. The “Counting On” took to Instagram to share how she portrayed the 78-year-old, alongside a photo of Mary with baby Ivy.

“She would converse with you in a way that made you feel special and loved and cared about,” Duggar wrote. “She had a knack for remembering details, and the next time she saw you, she would inquire about things told to her in past conversations.”

Despite having 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, Mary remained excited about new additions to the family as she welcomed every new child with open arms, full of love and joy.

Duggar continued to describe her late grandmother as someone who always made herself available to family, doing favors and conversing with all the kids. She recalled:

“Each one of us was made to feel valued and loved by Grandma. She was our biggest cheerleader, coming to every music recital, birthday party, and graduation celebration.”

Mary was a firm believer that each member of the family had great abilities and never failed to remind them of how great they were. She would “beam with pride” for every performance, making them feel talented.

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It didn’t matter who you were, she was “Grandma” to you. That’s most often how she would introduce herself. “Hi, I’m Grandma!” Everybody called her Grandma. She took a genuine interest in people. She would converse with you in a way that made you feel special and loved and cared about. She had a knack for remembering details, and the next time she saw you, she would inquire about things told to her in past conversations. She was so excited about the many new great-grandbabies due this coming fall and winter, and it never got old for her. She welcomed each new baby with joy and would hold them with such tenderness and delight. We will keep her stories and memories alive for these little ones, but we’re sad that they will not have the blessing of knowing her in person as we have. She was always available. When we kids were young, she would often babysit so Mom and Dad could go out on a date. If Mom needed something from the grocery store, she was happy to pick it up. She always had time for a conversation with the teenager and never passed over the toddlers either. Each one of us was made to feel valued and loved by Grandma. She was our biggest cheerleader, coming to every music recital, birthday party, and graduation celebration— and with 21 grandkids and 13 great-grandkids, that was quite a feat! She was an exhorter. If we ever doubted our gifts or abilities, Grandma was there to spur us on. She’d pull the classic “grandma move” and have us putting on impromptu talent shows for complete strangers. “Why don’t you get up here and perform that song you’ve been working on?” “Aww, Grandma, really? Do I have to?” We’d say, glancing at mom, but we knew Mom would back her every time. We’d reluctantly get up and do a number, and it didn’t matter how terrible we thought we sounded, Grandma would beam with pride and start the applause. She believed in our gifts and abilities more than we did at times, and she spurred us on to do our best and to give God the glory for all our talents and achievements. Click :LINK IN BIO: or swipe left to read the rest of the tribute to Grandma Duggar ❤️—

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Other members of the Duggar family also paid respects to Mary through social media, including Joy-Anna Duggar and Jill Duggar. Both honored their late grandmother on Instagram, describing her in different ways.

Joy-Anna and her husband, Austin Forsyth, remembered their grandmother as a “strong woman, role model, oddly counselor… and my favorite person to watch ‘The Price is Right’ with.” On the other hand, Jill described Mary as a “feisty, incredible woman” and “a great example to so many.”

For 50 years, Mary was married to Jimmy Lee Duggar, before he died in 2009. The couple had a strong Christian faith, rooting from their childhood. The official family page shared how Mary lived Christian teachings by spreading how to “be forgiven of their sins,” and how to live “life as a Christian.”

The Duggar family faces a trying time, coping with the loss of their 78-year-old matriarch, and we all offer our condolences to them as they grieve for their beloved grandma.

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