Shelby Blackstock Shares Birthday Message For Mama Reba, Says “I Love You!!”

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Times have been tough for all of us lately. But Reba McEntire and Shelby Blackstock have been left to deal with extra sadness during an already trying time.

On March 14, Reba’s 93-year-old mother, Jacqueline McEntire, passed away following a battle with cancer. Then, just a few days later, Shelby also lost his paternal grandmother, who he affectionately called “Granny.”

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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. Down here, Alice, Pake, Susie and I, grandkids and great grandkids all got to visit with her either in person or over the phone. She left knowing how much she is loved and we all know how much she loved us. We are very thankful for all the prayers, cards, calls, visits, the care-givers with their huge hearts, and the time God gave us with Mama. Jackie, Jac, Ms McEntire, Mama, Mama Jac, Momo Jac, Grandma, Grandma Jac, whatever the title was at the time – she gave you her undivided attention. We’re all going to miss her but we have so many wonderful memories. Thank you Lord for that. In lieu of flowers, the family lovingly asks that memorials be sent to the Reba McEntire Fund to benefit the Jacqueline McEntire Library Fund. Donations can be made online at 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

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But in the midst of such sad times, Reba and Shelby found a little something to celebrate…Reba’s birthday. She turned 65 on March 28.

Reba took to Instagram to share how she spent her birthday during this time of social distancing and self-quarantine. She kicked off the day with a delicious breakfast cooked by her brother-in-law.

Starting my birthday out with wonderful birthday breakfast of coffee, bacon and pancakes/crepes…” Reba wrote alongside a photo of her tasty breakfast.

Later in the day, Shelby hopped on social media to wish his mama the happiest of birthdays. He posted a sweet note for her to read along with a slideshow of photos from past get togethers they had.

#happybirthday mom! @reba I love you!!” read Shelby’s birthday greeting for his mama.

You can see his message and photo slideshow below.

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#happybirthday mom! @reba I love you!!

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Despite everything going on in the world and in her personal life right now, we hope Reba was able to find some joy on her birthday. At the least, we’re sure Shelby’s sweet message made her smile.

Reba and Shelby have always shared a special bond, as you can see in the below video that was filmed when Shelby was just a little tot.