Little Big Town’s sweet Kimberly Schlapman and her family had so much joy in their holiday celebration this year making new memories on their first Christmas with new baby Dolly. But sadly, the family also endured a difficult loss in the last several days as they came together for the holiday.

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Kimberly lost her grandmother, who was 94 years old, the day before Christmas Eve. She was a very special woman to Kimberly, as evidenced by this heartfelt note she posted on her Facebook page on Dec. 24.

“This is my Grandmother Bramlett. She’s 94, and her favorite day of the year is Christmas Eve. She has hosted our family’s Christmas Eve get-together for over 70 years,” Kimberly wrote. “Last night she went home to be with her Lord and was reunited with her husband of 63 years. Today she’ll be spending Christmas Eve at the feet of Jesus. I can only imagine the celebration! Grandmother, you had the biggest heart I have ever known, and we will miss you so much. Merry Christmas.”

What a beautiful and meaningful tribute to a woman who clearly inspired so many, including Kimberly. We are so sad that Mrs. Bramlett wasn’t able enjoy one last earthly Christmas Eve—but as Kimberly pointed out, she no doubt enjoyed a bigger and better one than any of us could ever imagine.

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And though their faith gives them the ultimate comfort and peace at this time, we know they are still grief-stricken and filled with sadness. We send our love and heartfelt condolences to Kimberly and her entire family.

We’re certain that her Grandmother Bramlett was incredibly proud of her.

A Little Big Town member mourns the loss of a loved one this Christmas     Getty Images/Jason Davis
Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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