Kenya Moore's grandmother Doris has passed away, The Real Housewives of Atlanta entrepreneur shared with fans on Instagram Monday. "Today I lost the only woman in the world who has ever loved me unconditionally," she wrote. "My grandmother who raised me from 3 days old passed away."
Kenya went on to express her gratitude for having a woman like Doris in her life. "Thank you Jehovah for sending me your Angel who taught me everything I know about love, compassion, strength, kindness, selflessness, forgiveness, family, education, brains over beauty, inner beauty, strength, respect for your elders, being true to myself....she has helped mold me into the woman I am," she said. "She truly was my best friend."
The RHOA entrepreneur wrote that her grandmother had been battling Alzheimer's disease "but her heart and spirit never failed her."
Kenya said she felt fortunate that her grandmother had the opportunity to meet her new husband, Marc Daly, before she passed away. "I truly believe she waited until she knew that I finally found someone to love and cherish me the way she did. She could not rest until she knew I would be taken care of by someone who deserved me," Kenya wrote. "She didn't recognize me at first but when I introduced them but she lit up with so much joy that my heart became overwhelmed. She approved and it was the happiest day of my life."
RHOA fans first met Doris in Season 8 when Kenya went home to Detroit for her family reunion. Kenya opened up about her mother's absence from her life and how thankful she was that her grandmother stepped in to raise her. "I don't think a lot of people understand when I grew up I was raised by my dad's mother. We were the closest that you could ever imagine a grandmother and a granddaughter to be, and I have always, from day one, called her mom," Kenya said during the episode. "If it were not for her, I would not be the woman I am."
Kenya concluded her touching tribute to her grandmother by thanking her for all the love and support she has given her throughout her life. "Thank you momma for being the best woman I have ever met in my life. Thank you for approving of me and thank you for letting the world know how proud you are of me. I thank you for my life. I owe the world to you," Kenya wrote on Instagram. "I know you will never leave my side in life or after. I am eternally grateful to you. Thank you for loving me."
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