Grandma Mary Duggar died suddenly on June 9, 2019. She was 78 years old. The entire Duggar family was devastated by the loss of their matriarch, who was Jim Bob’s mother.
Grandma Mary frequently appeared on 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On. She was very involved in all her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s lives.
The family announced Mary Duggar’s death on June 10. On the Duggar family’s official Instagram account, they wrote:
“As many of you have heard, our precious Grandma Duggar (Mary) passed away at home on Sunday afternoon, June 9th, 2019 at the age of 78.
“She is greatly loved and will be missed so very much!! She lived a tremendous life as a follower of Christ, a wife, a devoted mother, a loving mother-in-law, and a much-loved grandmother. Proverbs 31:10-31 describes the virtuous woman, indeed she personified these beautiful verses with her life.
“We deeply appreciate your prayers for our family and all who loved Mary during this time!”
Many of the Duggar children and grandchildren wrote touching tributes to honor Mary’s life. Although they all mentioned that she died suddenly, they didn’t say how she died. Now the coroner has confirmed her cause of death — and it’s absolutely heartbreaking.
Washington County Coroner Roger W. Morris confirmed to People that Mary Duggar died of an accidental drowning after she slipped and fell into a swimming pool.
According to Radar Online, a 911 call requesting emergency assistance for a “possible drowning” was made from Mary Duggar’s residence at 4:37 p.m. on June 9, the day she died. Now the Tontitown Police Department has opened an investigation into her death, and autopsy results won’t be released until after the investigation has concluded.
Grandma Mary is survived by her daughter, Deanna, her son, Jim Bob, her 21 grandchildren, and her 13 great-grandchildren. Our thoughts are with the Duggar family during this difficult time.