She recently commemorated their anniversary, saying: “We had 48 years together, and I sure wish he was still here! I miss him.” Lynn passed away on October 4 at her home in Hurricane Mills.
Loretta Lynn was one of country music’s most incredible legacies, famously known for her numerous hit songs that saw her dubbed “Queen of Country.” Since her voice hit the airwaves, her prolific and truthful songs remain as relevant as they did six decades ago, making her the most awarded lady in country music history.
But before her successful career, born out of a voice of strength, independence, and sometimes defiance, her life did not always look as glitz. Lynn was born in April 1932 to a coal miner father, Melvin Theodore Webb, and mother, Clara Marie, and grew up in a small cabin in a poor Appalachian coal-mining community in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.
She passed away on October 4, 2022. Her family announced that she passed away peacefully in her sleep. They asked for privacy during this difficult time.
She married Oliver Vanetta Lynn, Jr, a few months before her 16th birthday, and the pair welcomed four children, all born before Lynn turned 20. They had their first child, daughter Betty Sue on November 26, 1948, followed by their son Jack Benny a year later.
Their third, Ernest Ray, was born on May 27, 1951, and Clara Marie on April 7, 1952. Following the birth of their fourth child, Lynn and her husband took a hiatus as Lynn focused on her music career, releasing her first hit single, “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” in 1960.American musician Loretta Lynn performs onstage at Grant Park’s Petrillo Music Shell during the Chicago Country Music Festival, Chicago, Illinois, June 28, 2003. | Source: Getty Images
After the song became a hit later that year, Lynn became even more determined to continue pursuing music, which saw her release her first album, “Loretta Lynn Sings” in 1963, followed by a string of Top 10 country hits.
As her career thrived, so did her personal life. She and her husband welcomed their youngest babies, twins Patsy and Peggy, on August 6, 1964. Despite Lynn’s claims of a tumultuous relationship with her husband that included infidelity and abuse, their marriage lasted nearly five decades. The pair also shared several homes, including their mansion in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, and another in Nashville they purchased in 1986.
Losing Her Husband and Selling Her Home Lynn and her husband stayed faithful to their marriage vows — to stay together for better or worse, till death did them part. Known to be passionate about everything she did, whether singing, songwriting, or playing the guitar, Lynn gave her marriage her all.
Lynn opened up about the wayward ways of her husband in her book “Still Woman Enough,” detailing his abusive and philandering ways, yet she remained devoted to him, loving him endlessly despite his flaws.