Jacqueline McEntire, mother of country star Reba McEntire, passed away Saturday, March 14, after a valiant fight with cancer. She was 92.
Reba announced her mother’s passing on social media, saying: “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.”
Reba added that Jacqueline’s children, grandkids and great-grandkids had the chance to tell her goodbye in person or via phone call. “She left knowing how much she is loved and we all know how much she loved us.”
Jacqueline McEntire was married to her husband, Clark, for 66 years before his death in 2014 at the age of 86. The couple raised four children…three daughters and one son.
Jacqueline worked in five different Oklahoma school districts over 20 years as a teacher, librarian, and secretary. But, she never earned her college degree. She became a certified teacher in Oklahoma through the Department of Education when she began teaching at the age of 18 in 1943. While pursued a formal degree while teaching, but put her education on hold when she married.
In 2016, at nearly 90-years-old, Jacqueline was given an Honorary Bachelor Degree in Public Education and Community Service by Southeastern Oklahoma State University. All of her children were on hand to celebrate with their mother.
Because of her mother’s love for education, Reba and the family ask 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
Our thoughts and prayers are with Reba McEntire and her family during this time.
Hear the song that Reba recorded for her mom below. “You Never Gave Up On Me” was the final track on Reba’s latest album, Stronger Than the Truth and concludes with a spoken “Thank you, momma” from Reba.