Ree Drummond, aka “The Pioneer Woman” has never been shy about sharing her family’s life with her fans. In fact, it’s the basis for her success. The housewife and mom-turned-lifestyle-guru has formed her career around family and comfort, with her hearty recipes, comforting bedding and kitchen goods, and a homey “cowboy luxury” hotel in Oklahoma.
Last summer, Drummond even allowed fans to tour The Lodge, the family guest house on her own Oklahoma ranch. Now, however, Drummond is in need of some comfort herself, as she recently opened up about the loss of a beloved family member.
On May 25, Drummond announced the passing of her mother-in-law, Nan, on Instagram, noting that the whole family was struggling with the loss.
Alongside a photo of her late mother-in-law, she wrote, “Nan. My mother-in-law, my husband’s mom, my children’s grandmother, my friend. We lost her last night, and I’m not sure any of us know quite what we’re going to do without her. She was magnificent.”
Later, Drummond took to her blog to share more of her thoughts and feelings about what an impact Nan had on her family. She noted that while they’d had some time to prepare for her death, you can never really prepare for “losing someone who is so much a part of the fabric of your family’s daily life.”
As anyone who has ever lost someone close to them knows, it can be next to impossible to anticipate what life will truly be like without that person there.
Drummond went on to say that she sees a bit of her mother-in-law in each of her children, as well as in her niece and nephew, and described how they have been looking at old photos to keep her memory alive as they prepare to honor her life.
“Thank you for your kindness and prayers, especially for Ladd, Tim, and their dad,” Drummond wrote to her fans. “They will feel the loss most of all and my heart aches for them.”
What a beautiful tribute! We’re wishing Drummond and her family peace and healing as they mourn their profound loss.