Kathie Lee Gifford has faced one of the most painful trials in her life with the loss of her beloved mother Joannie. She shared the following heartwarming message just hours after her mother’s death,
Fans, friends, and complete strangers have been sharing condolences and support. “Jesus & Pop Pop are much cooler, anyhow and I know they’re both smiling now that they have you back… so until we meet again, love you to heaven, Cuddles,” wrote Gifford’s daughter Cassidy on Instagram along with the image below,
Joannie was beloved by nearly everyone. Kathe Lee’s Today cohost Hoda shared the image below with the message “We will miss you sweet Joannie xoxoxo.”
Joannie lost her parents, grandparents, and brother before the age of 15, but she never fell into despair. Instead she formed her own big family and did everything she could to raise her children and grandchildren to find silver linings on even the cloudiest days. “It can be ten days of rain, and she’ll say, ‘You know, I like a rainy day. It slows you down,’” Kathie Lee said of her mother’s wonderful outlook in a 2016 article from Today.
Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers, and try to be like Joannie on those rainy days!
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