Please join us in sending love to daytime legend Susan Lucci (Erica, ALL MY CHILDREN), who is mourning the death of her beloved mother, Jeanette, at the incredible age of 104. “Three weeks ago, I received a call saying that my mother had suddenly taken a turn towards end of life,” she shared on Instagram. “I only hoped and prayed I would get to her in time — I am eternally grateful to God and her wonderful hospice nurses that I did.
“I was there with her,” Lucci continued. “I was able to tell her all the good things about her, how much I love her, how proud I have always been of her, and hopefully bring her peace.”
Back in March, the Emmy winner — who was delighted to finally be able to visit with her mother during the pandemic — posted a special tribute on the occasion of her 104th birthday. And now, at the time of her passing, wanted to repeat some of it. “I’ve always mentioned how spunky my mom was,” Lucci wrote. “I’m sure that determination really helped her to reach 104!
“My mother was born in 1917 during the Spanish Flu,” she recounted. “She saw World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the birth of the internet, and the COVID-19 pandemic. My mom was a registered nurse, receiving her training and earning her degree at Fordham University. She became an OR nurse and, along with my dad, was a member of The Greatest Generation. My mom was a survivor and thriver, and I am so thankful to God that she was my mom.”
Lucci also passed along an inspirational message from a good friend since college, who knew her mother well: “‘Our mothers live on in us, with buoyant spirit!’ Oh, yes!”
Our thoughts are with Lucci and her entire family during this difficult time.