“My angel. Rest in peace.”
With that caption and a joyful picture of his mom, Mark Wahlberg announced the death of his mother Alma Wahlberg at age 78.
Though no cause was immediately given, the Wahlbergs had previously opened up about her battle with dementia. In July 2020, Mark’s brother Donnie Wahlberg told fans on social media, “I know that so many of you have asked how my mom Alma is doing. During my visit, she didn’t remember much, and was often confused, but somehow she was still Alma.
She still lights up a room. She still made me smile. She’s still stubborn. And she still loves her baby Donnie. I thank you all, for your well wishes.”
On Sunday, Donnie remembered Alma with a sweet video and an essay about what she meant to him, writing, “I’m so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life’s path by, such an amazing woman.
My mom Alma’s joy for life, love and people — combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from — undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am.”
“I’ve often said, if you like anything about me, I got it from Alma. I say that, because it’s true,” he went on.
“She was, without a doubt, the most loving human being I’ve ever known. I never heard her say, or do, anything disrespectful to anyone. She was, as anybody who ever came across her knows, true blue.”
Donnie went on to emphasize his mother’s sticktoitiveness, writing, “Like so many moms who struggled, overcame odds, made something from nothing and pulled off the impossible for their children, she never complained.
She did what needed to be done, most often, with a smile. She made the best of times in the worst of times.That was Alma — mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend, ally, warrior, angel.
She made no apologies for who she was, but never put herself above anyone else.
Wahlberg Family Matriarch Alma Dead at 78 After Facing Dementia: 'Epitome of the Word Grace,' Says Donnie https://t.co/gXlecH3tBP— People (@people) April 18, 2021
She kicked our butts if we messed up, kicked anyone else’s butts if they messed with us.
Taught us right, made us pay the price when we were wrong. She was the epitome of the word grace.”
Mark and Donnie’s brother Paul opened a restaurant named Alma in 2010, yet another tribute to the impact she had on her kids.