Reba McEntire and Family Make Difficult Decision To Postpone Her Mother’s Funeral

As Reba McEntire and her family continue to mourn the loss of her beloved mother, Jacqueline, they have made the…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 16, 2020


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Reba McEntire and her Mother, Jacqueline; Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night

As Reba McEntire and her family continue to mourn the loss of her beloved mother, Jacqueline, they have made the difficult decision to postpone her funeral in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19.

Reba took to social media to share the update with fans on Monday (March 16), explaining that the decision was made to keep everyone safe.

“After much thought and careful consideration among our family, we have decided to indefinitely postpone Mama’s funeral and burial at this time,” she wrote. “We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know as soon as possible about future plans to celebrate her life when it is safe for everyone to attend. Thank you for all the calls, cards, thoughts and prayers for our family at this difficult time. You can continue to stay in touch on social media with Brown’s Funeral Service.”

Jacqueline passed away on Saturday (March 14) after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 93 years old.

Reba shared the news of her passing on social media with a touching tribute to her mother.

“Our Mother, Jacqueline McEntire, made that wonderful cross over into Heaven today,” McEntire began. “She had a wonderful, full, healthy life and was absolutely ready to go. 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.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the ‘Reba McEntire Fund’ to benefit Stringtown Public Library.

Donations can be made online or mailed to:

The Reba McEntire Fund
5036 Reba Drive
Denison, Texas, 75020

In the memo line please write “Jacqueline McEntire”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.