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Reba McEntire Mourns Death of Mom Jacqueline: 'She Had a Wonderful, Full Life and Was Ready to Go''

Reba McEntire and mother Jacqueline Smith

Reba McEntire is mourning the loss of her mother Jacqueline, who died Saturday.

“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,” the country star announced on social media.

“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 caregivers 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.”

 

 

  

She added, “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 Texoma Giving Partners 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″

 

Reba McEntire and Jacqueline Smith

 

In a special nod to her mother, McEntire previously revealed that in addition to being a spiritual song, “You Never Gave Up on Me” — which appeared on her 2019 album Stronger Than the Truth — the song was an expression of gratitude for her mother.

“Who besides God has never given up on me? Mama,” McEntire said while promoting the album, according to The Boot.

McEntire went on to share that when her mother first heard the song “she cried.”

“She was very appreciative. She loved it. But I meant it with all my heart,” she said.

 

 

In addition to always supporting her, McEntire previously revealed that out of all the lessons she’s learned over the years, the best advice she ever received was from her mother.

“Mama always told me, ‘Reba, it will be over in 24 hours. You can go stand on your head for 24 hours,’” the country music legend told PEOPLE in 2016.

“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.”

Jacqueline is survived by her children Reba, Susie, Pake, and Alice. Her husband Clark died in October 2014 at the age of 86.

 

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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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In response to McEntire’s post, Martina McBride and Kristin Chenoweth, among others, offered their condolences.

“We are all sending so much love to you and your family Reba. What an amazing lady your mama raised. A testament to HER,” Chenoweth commented.

“Praying for you and your family Reba. Love you,” McBride wrote.

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Jacqueline McEntire was born on Nov. 6, 1926. She was a teacher who had dreams of singing country music professionally, so she taught all four of her children -- Reba, Alice, Susie, and Pake -- to sing. Reba McEntire graduated college with a teaching degree, intending to pursue the same career path as her mother until she landed a record deal.

 



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  • Ms. Dottie Leon on

    Love & prayers for you, Reba! Your mom was beautiful, just like you. You have wonderful memories, to last a lifetime.I am 77 years young & have wonderful memories of my precious mom also. Praying for you & I’m gonna continue singing along with you on your songs. Love you much. Dottie

  • Ms. Dottie Leon on

    Love & prayers for you, Reba! Your mom was beautiful, just like you. You have wonderful memories, to last a lifetime.I am 77 years young & have wonderful memories of my precious mom also. Praying for you & I’m gonna continue singing along with you on your songs. Love you much. Dottie

  • MErlyn Crooks on

    My heartfelt condolences to you Reba and all your family. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Hazel Mayville on

    God Bless All of you , I know you Loved her, but God needed her now. Reba you have made her proud. Keep up the Wonderful Country Music till God calls us all home. Love you and your Music.

  • Joy Wentworth on

    Reba I’m so sorry for your loss. I know she and your daddy are smiling down on you and your family. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless you and I also list my mom in 2012, husband in 2013 and daddy in 2014. I feel your pain. Take care and know God is with you always



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