Soap opera legend Susan Lucci shared the sad news on Friday that her mother Jeanette Lucci had died at age 104 in recent weeks.
The 74-year-old All My Children star posted a sweet photo of herself and her mother sharing a meal while she announced her passing in the lengthy caption.
‘I am so thankful to God that she was my mom,’ gushed the beloved actress.
Saying goodbye: Susan Lucci, 74, bid farewell to her mother Jeanette Lucci on Friday after revealing she had died weeks earlier at age 104
Susan wore an elegant pink lacy outfit in the photo as she celebrated her mother’s 100th birthday four years earlier with champagne flutes.
‘There were toasts to her and stories’ of her rural Pennsylvania childhood and ‘lots of love and music and laughter,’ she wrote, before the mood turned somber.
‘Three weeks ago I received a call saying that my mother had suddenly taken a turn towards end of life — 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,’ she wrote.
‘I was there with her, 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.’
The Daytime Emmy winner also repeated part of her previous 104th birthday tribute from March to sing her late mother’s praises.
Nick of time: She got a call three weeks ago that her mother was nearing the end. ‘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,’ she wrote
‘I’ve always mentioned how spunky my mom was — I’m sure that determination really helped her to reach 104!’ she wrote.
Susan recounted how her mother was born in 1917 amid the Spanish Flu pandemic and experienced world-shaking changes from two world wars and the Great Depression, going up through ‘the birth of the internet’ and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
She added that her mother, ‘an OR nurse,’ was part of ‘The Greatest Generation.’
‘My mom was a survivor and thriver,’ she concluded.
Back in March, the soap opera legend shared a photo of herself beaming with her mother Jeanette after presenting her with a multi-colored birthday cake.
‘Celebrate Good Times!!!’ she captioned the cute snap. ‘Happy Birthday cake with my mom!!!’
Staying close: Susan’s mother lived independently until 98. They kept in touch throughout the pandemic via video chats from her assisted living community
Earlier in March, Susan posted a solo photo of her mother, along with a caption reiterating her history.
‘She’s a survivor and a thriver — and, in addition to have the most beautiful skin — she’s still spunky!!!!!’ she wrote playfully.
Although the actress wasn’t able to see her mother in person throughout much of the pandemic, she shared with AARP in May of 2020 that they were still able to have regular video chats.
She shared that her mother was able to live on her own and remain independent until the ripe age of 98, and she had had a good experience ever since entering an assisted living community.
It wasn’t until February that it was safe enough for Susan to see her mother again, shortly before her 104th birthday.
Her secret: In a May 2020 Harper’s Bazaar interview, Susan said her mother’s longevity was due to her ‘resilience and can-do attitude,’ though drinking milk didn’t hurt; seen in 2019
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar last year, Susan theorized about her mother’s secret to longevity.
‘My mother is part of the greatest generation, and so I think she has that strength and resilience and can-do attitude. But she’s also an eccentric spirit, and I think that’s a lot of it too — not taking things too, too seriously has allowed her to roll with the punches, and I admire that very much,’ she said, while also suggesting that drinking milk might have helped.
Last spring, the soap star joined AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins for a virtual town hall on nursing homes following a rash of deaths among residents.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, more than 132,000 nursing home residents have died from Covid-19, while nearly 2,000 staff members have died.
That marks a significant chunk of the more than 600,000 people who have died of the virus in the US since the start of the pandemic.