Reba McEntire isn’t able to spend this Mother’s Day with her mom, and that is only making the country legend all the more thankful for the time they had.
The “Fancy” singer took to Instagram on Sunday, May 9. Alongside millions across the country, the 66-year-old also shared her appreciation for her late mother, Jacqueline.
“Mama had four kids in five years,” Reba McEntire wrote. “She played with us, disciplined us and loved us. She was my best friend. Miss you mama. #aliceforan #pakemcentire #susiemcentireeaton #bestmamaever”
Jacqueline McEntire passed away on March 14, 2020.
It’s a sweet photo from years past that features the four kids of Jacqueline with their mother. McEntire is joined by Pake, her only brother, alongside sisters Susie and Alice are all pictured.
One of the best parts of the image is seeing the classic McEntire red hair. All four women feature the classic red that Reba has made an iconic part of her look. Jake may not have any stark, blazing hair, but the cowboy hat is a good fit.
The Early Life of Reba McEntire
Before she became one of the most recognizable and beloved names in country music, Reba McEntire was just an Oklahoma girl in love with music and rodeo.
Her father, Clark Vincent McEntire, was a prize-winning steer roper, as was her grandfather. McEntire herself was a championship barrel racer. While the sport of rodeo was a strong influence, so was music. Pake, Susan and Reba formed “The Singing McEntires” and would travel around to sing at rodoes.’
The combination of the two were formative to McEntire as a person but also to her career, the singer said.
“I brought from rodeo into this determination, a work ethic,” Reba said. “You had your work ethic, you had your goals, your determination, and you had something to really prove that that didn’t work.”
This eventually led to Reba McEntire making her way into the world of popular country music. The singer has often mentioned the importance of her 1974 National Rodeo Finals performance of the national anthem.
When talking about her song with Cody Johnson, “Dear Rodeo,” Reba referenced the importance of her roots and that day.
“The thing I want to say, Cody, [is] thank you for letting me do this song about rodeo because that’s where I started,” McEntire said. “Getting my break singing the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in ’74 in Oklahoma City. And then I’ve gone all the way around and then coming back to country music… I’ve done contemporary, I’ve done country, I’ve done a little bit of bluegrass in my songs, Western swing. But to be able to come back, wear my cowboy boots and sing a song about rodeo – thank you for that.”