Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond's mother-in-law Nan passes away after cancer battle

Nan Drummond passed away last week at the age of 74 after battling cancer.

The news of her passing was shared by daughter-in-law Ree Drummond, who many know as The Pioneer Woman from her popular Food Network program.

Ree shared the news on her social media accounts as well as her website while paying tribute to the mother, wife, grandmother and friend. 

'Some of you may have seen my post on Facebook/Instagram Friday, but I wanted to post here as well that my beautiful mother-in-law Nan died last week,' said Drummond. 

'It’s a difficult loss for our family, as she was such a rock for all of us. 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.'

Beloved: Nan Drummond passed away last week at the age of 74 after battling cancer

Beloved: Nan Drummond passed away last week at the age of 74 after battling cancer

One-of-a-kind: Her daughter-in-law Ree paid tribute to her in posts on her blog and social media

One-of-a-kind: Her daughter-in-law Ree paid tribute to her in posts on her blog and social media

She had previously revealed that Nan entered hospice on Mother's Day, noting how difficult it had been for the family.

'Ladd and I (and the whole family) are experiencing the pain of having a loved one in hospice care with cancer. The hard news and hospice came on Mother’s Day, just as we were entering what was otherwise one of the happiest weeks in the Drummond family, with both Caleb and Paige graduating,' wrote Ree. 

'It’s been a constant flow (and undefinable mix) of emotions and tears—I haven’t been able to discern where the graduation tears start and the hospice tears stop.' 

Ree also wrote that she sees a little bit of Nan in each of her children and husband Ladd in her tribute to the woman with whom she shared a ranch. 

'Fortunately, we have a deep well of memories on which to draw. 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,' said Ree'

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

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