Martina McBride's mother, Jeanne Schiff, has died after undergoing emergency heart surgery.
"My mom passed away this morning," Martina wrote. "She was a complex and amazing woman. Strong. Chic. No-nonsense. Hilarious. Witty. She had the prettiest hair and skin and hands...I loved her hands. She took good care of us. Loved to tell stories. Our house was always the house where all the aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered, and she was really the reason for that."
"She made her 4 kids self sufficient, told us to go outside and play, gave us chores to do and taught us how to work. She wasn’t one to smother you with affection, help you with your homework, or attend every ballgame, but we always knew she was there for us," the "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" singer continued. "As we all got older we had many conversations about life, faith, makeup and skincare, the importance of beauty sleep and taking care of yourself. She’d start every phone call or message with 'Martina. This is your mother'. She loved to laugh and to tell stories to get a laugh. And even [though] she told me in the hospital that she wasn’t 'an enthusiastic cook' she made the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted."
Martina went on to detail her mother's final days, writing, "I spent the last week with her in ICU, with my dad, my brothers, and my sister, and a fantastic and caring team of doctors who went above and beyond to try and get her to a place where her heart would sustain her. During that week I held her hand, rubbed her shoulders, stroked her face, told her I loved her and she told me she loved me. Even though I wish it had ended differently I wouldn’t have traded that time with her for anything. So now we try and move forward without our matriarch. And somehow, in time, we will. Because she taught us how to be strong. I love you Mom."
On Thursday (January 9), Martina called her mother "a fighter and one of the strongest women I know" before asking fans for prayers via social media.
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