"She was a quiet, steady force and lived a faith-filled life. She loved her family."

By Meghan Overdeep
May 31, 2018
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Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, the chef, author and television personality known for her honesty and openness when it comes to family, is mourning the loss of her her husband's mother, Nan.

Drummond first shared the news of her passing on Instagram Friday, penning a heartfelt message alongside a portrait of her late mother-in-law, who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 74 last week.

"I'm not sure any of us know quite what we're going to do without her," Drummond, 49, wrote. "She was magnificent."

By Monday, the Food Network star was ready to share more about how her family is adjusting to life without their beloved matriarch on her blog.

"It's a difficult loss for our family, as she was such a rock for all of us," she explained. "We all had some time to prepare for this, though I've found over the course of the past few days that nothing really prepares you for losing someone who is so much a part of the fabric of your family's daily life."

Though it hurts, Drummond is confident that her husband Ladd's mother will live on in the multitude of memories she left behind.

Fortunately, we have a deep well of memories on which to draw," she wrote. "Nan was always there, ever-present, over the course of my life with Ladd—and my kids hardly saw any dividing line between our house and hers, they were in and out so much. She was a quiet, steady force and lived a faith-filled life. She loved her family."

"Life is beautiful," she continued, "and today I'm giving thanks for beautiful Nan—my mother-in-law, my husband's mom, my children's grandmother, my friend. She truly was magnificent!"

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Our hearts are with the entire Drummond family during this difficult time.