Country music fans are reaching out to Reba McEntire with their prayers and condolences after the singer announced her mother, Jacqueline McEntire, died on Saturday at age 93. McEntire said her mother died after a battle with cancer and was "ready to see our Daddy." McEntire's father, Clark McEntire, died in October 2014 at age 86.
"Our Mother, Jacqueline McEntire, made that wonderful cross over into Heaven today," McEntire shared on Instagram. "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," McEntire continued. "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," McEntire added. "Thank you Lord for that."
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McEntire asked that fans make a donation to the Reba McEntire Fund to benefit the Jacqueline McEntire Library Fund in lieu of flowers.
"I'm so sorry to read this Reba," one fan wrote on Instagram. "I remember meeting her at the Opry one night. Prayers for comfort and peace to you and the rest of your family."prevnext
"My condolences to you and your family," one fan wrote on Instagram. "A mother's love is unconditional. May she rest in Heavenly Peace."
"Condolences to you and your family," another added. "May the love and memories hold and comfort you."
"I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this hard time," another chimed in. "Much love! Xoxo."prevnext
Love and hugs!! I had the honor of meeting her!!🙏❤ pic.twitter.com/qDEi1P45Sf— stacey rains (@staceyrains5) March 15, 2020
Fans also took to Twitter to mourn McEntire's loss. One fan shared a picture she took with Jacqueline.
I’m so sorry that you lost your mother today 😢💔although I did not know her personally , she seemed like a wonder lady from things you shared. It was very obvious how loved she was by her family and how much she meant to all of you. Sending love and prayers your way— Deb (@DebbieHolunga) March 15, 2020
I just lost my grandmother to cancer. I am so sorry Reba. Prayers and hugs to all of you ❤️— araya wilson (@arayawilson2) March 14, 2020
In addition to McEntire, Jacqueline is survived by her children, son Pake McEntire and daughters Susie McEntire and Alice Foran.
My love and thoughts are with you and your family!— MzKitty (@MzKitty4117) March 14, 2020
McEntire's mother was a big supporter of her music career. In a 2016 interview with PEOPLE, McEntire said Jacqueline gave her the best advice she ever received.
I’m so extremely sad to hear this news Reba! My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this hard time! She was an amazing lady! Sending my love to you all❤️❤️❤️— Lucy ❤️ (@littlereddolly) March 14, 2020
"Mama always told me, 'Reba, it will be over in 24 hours. You can go stand on your head for 24 hours,'" McEntire said at the time. "That's really helped me to be my best self because I just focus on the task in front of me and I don't get overwhelmed about everything else. Don't stress so much over what happens tomorrow. Live today."
I know the feeling, I lost my aunt to cancer on January 28th of this year. Hope god gives you and your family the strength you guys need during this difficult time. Praying for you reebs. ❤️— Janina Rocio Sandoval (@JaninaRS) March 14, 2020
Susie McEntire also shared a tribute to Jacqueline on Facebook.
"Rest in deep peace Mamma," Susie wrote. "Say Hi to daddy for me. Kate and I, among 1000's will miss your grace, wit, generous heart and common sense. I love you and am so proud to alway[s] be your baby girl."prev