13 September 2017 4:16 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Kathie Lee Gifford is sharing some of her favorite memories of her late mother, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 87.

“My mom, if you didn’t know … she passed away in her sleep in her beautiful bed yesterday morning,” Gifford, 64, said Wednesday morning on the Today show. “Just like Frank, I believe she saw Jesus and Jesus took her breath away. And it gives me great comfort.”

On Tuesday, the Today show anchor took to Twitter to announce that her mom, Joan Epstein, “went home to Jesus & my Daddy this morning.” Her mother’s death comes two years »


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