Details surrounding the sudden death of “Grandma” Mary Duggar are coming to light.
Mary, who often appeared alongside her family on the TLC shows “19 Kids & Counting” and “Counting On,” died of an accidental drowning in a swimming pool Sunday, Washington County Coroner Roger Morris confirmed to USA TODAY Wednesday.
“It appears she slipped and fell into the pool,” Morris said, adding that the accident took place at Mary’s home in Springdale, Arkansas, on June 9. She was 78.
Jill Duggar Dillard, the fourth of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children, first revealed news of Mary Duggar’s death on Instagram Sunday in a touching tribute, writing, “My heart breaks… Grandma, you are greatly missed by all who knew you!”
In a blog post published Monday, Dillard added, “I was in disbelief when I got the word that she had tragically died. I’m still having a hard time processing the reality of her passing.”
Jana Duggar, the eldest daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle, revealed that “Grandma” Mary attended church just hours before she died.
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My heart breaks 💔 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!! 😭💔#maryduggar #rip #grandmaduggar #safeinthearmsofjesus❤
“On her last morning spent here on earth I drove Grandma to church where she worshiped her Savior,” she wrote on Instagram Monday. “Later that afternoon, she went to meet Him face to face! I’d say that’s probably how she would’ve chosen to finish out the day if she got to pick.”