Jo Dee Messina Mourns Death of Mother Mary in an Emotional Post

Famous country musician and songwriter, Jo Dee Messina, announced the sad loss of her mother, Mary, in an emotional Instagram post.

On Sunday, the 50-year-old country legend shared the news of her mother’s death with fans, via an Instagram post. The photo was a slideshow of images featuring Jo Dee and her mother, Mary. 

The images rolled on to the tune of “The Blessing,” a song from Elevation Worship, which gave them even more of an emotional tug. The pictures included some special milestones, including a birthday and Jo Dee’s win at the American Country Music Awards, in 1999. 

Jo Dee Messina performs on stage during day 2 for the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 07, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Photo: Getty Images

Jo Dee Messina performs on stage during day 2 for the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 07, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Photo: Getty Images

It was quite evident that the two shared a special relationship. Jo Dee went on to describe her mother as a blessing from God.

She explained that Mary always knew how she felt and understood her, adding that her mother loved her perfectly. The caption continued

“This morning, my mother went home to be with The Lord… She is reunited with her family, and my mother gets to gaze at the face of Jesus.”

The country singer also shared her appreciation for everyone who has shown her family love and support through this time. 

She also kept the theme of love constant throughout the message. Amongst other things, she added that Mary loved everyone around her immensely. 

Jo Dee isn’t the only country musician who is mourning the loss of a loved one.

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God knew exactly what he was doing when he made me my mother’s daughter. She loved me perfectly in a way that only she could do. She was my encouragement and she believed in me at times when no one else did. She understood the way I thought and she understood the way I felt. What a blessing she was to me, my entire life. This morning my mother went home to be with The Lord. While we are tending to what needs to be done, she is entrenched in God’s glory. She is reunited with her family and my mother gets to gaze at the face of Jesus. Wow! Thank you to those of you who supported my mother over the years. For those who loved her and showed her kindness, thank you so much! She loved you and enjoyed the moments she got to share with you. Your kindness and enthusiasm made her heart full. I am grateful to you for giving her that gift. Here is a little something my mother used to tell me: “There is a string that ties your heart to mine. It is a string that can never be broken. There is no distance too far - not even death can break the string that ties my heart to yours…” I love you, Mama! I’ll see ya soon. “The Blessing (Live)” - @karijobe @codycarnes @elevationworship

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Although Jo Dee didn’t mention the cause of Mary’s death, the latter did have some health issues in the past. According to reports, Mary underwent open-heart surgery in 2013, as a doctor told her that her life depended on it. 

They were back in the hospital a couple of months later, however, as Mary needed more medical attention. In a Facebook post, Jo Dee said

“Another trip to the ER. We were at special care facility. Now back in hospital. Mom has pneumonia. 3 mos 2day since surgery.”

Jo Dee isn’t the only country musician who is mourning the loss of a loved one. Last month, Reba McEntire announced, via an Instagram post that her mother, Jacqueline, had passed away.  

Jacqueline was 93 at the point when she died. According to Reba’s post, her mother had died after a lengthy battle with cancer. 

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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 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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Reba also explained in the obituary that Jacqueline had lived a fun and exciting life. As she explained, her mother was “absolutely ready to go,” and would be reunited with her family in heaven. 

The obituary also pointed out that the 93-year-old passed away in the presence of her family and loved ones. As far as ways to go, that doesn’t seem bad at all.

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