Loretta Lynn Laid To Rest On Her Tennessee Ranch: ‘I Love You Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow And Always’

Loretta Lynn; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Loretta Lynn; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Loretta Lynn; Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Loretta Lynn was laid to rest on her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee on Friday (Oct. 7). 

According to WKRN, around 100 guests gathered for a private graveside burial service as the country music icon was laid to rest next to her late husband, Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn, in the family cemetery shortly after 11 am. 

A Humphreys County Sheriff reportedly led the motorcade, which was followed by several vehicles with friends and family inside. 

Photo Courtesy Loretta Lynn
Photo Courtesy Loretta Lynn

Lynn passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning at the age of 90. Following her death, fans flocked to Hurricane Mills to pay their respects at a memorial outside of the mansion gates on the property. WKRN reports that flowers, teddy bears, candles, trinkets, and more have been left in her honor. 

Following the private memorial service, Lynn’s daughter, Peggy (Peggy Marchetti), shared a heartfelt Facebook post calling her goodbye “bittersweet.” 

“I kissed my mom’s beautiful face one last time..whispering to her..I love you yesterday, today, tomorrow and always,” Peggy wrote. “My aunt came up to me at the service and said I see your mommy in you…I hugged her and said that is the best thing I could hear…because I feel her.  Thank you to all that made today so special. As they laid mom to rest beside my daddy we held one another, arm in arm and sang, ‘I was born a coal miners daughter in a cabin on a hill in Butcher Holler.’” 

A public memorial service will be announced soon.

Country music icon and Grand Ole Opry member, Loretta Lynn died at the age of 90 years old at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 4. 

Hours after Lynn’s passing, her family shared the following statement.

“Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills,” the Lynn family said. 

Lynn, who was born on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, is known as the Queen of Country Music after forging a path as a singer, songwriter, and entertainer while balancing her role as a wife and mother. 

Over the course of her iconic 60-year career, Lynn earned a staggering 51 Top 10 hits and 16 No.1 hits to her name, including  “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Fist City” and “Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).” She has also sold over 45 million albums worldwide.

Lynn has also garnered every accolade available in music from GRAMMY awards to induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has won four GRAMMY awards, seven American Music Awards and eight Country Music Association awards. She was the first woman to ever win the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year. 

She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1988, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2008, and was awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Grand Ole Opry
Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Grand Ole Opry

Lynn’s death comes just days after she celebrated her 60th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1962.

Lynn was predeceased by her husband of 48 years Oliver Vanetta “Doolittle” Lynn, her daughter Betty Sue Lynn and son Jack Benny Lynn. 

The legendary country singer is survived by her daughters Patsy Lynn Russell, Peggy Lynn, Clara (Cissie) Marie Lynn and her son Ernest Ray Lynn as well as grandchildren Lori Lynn Smith, Ethan Lyell, Elizabeth Braun, Tayla Lynn, Jack Lynn, Ernest Ray Lynn Jr., Katherine Condya, Alexandria Lynn, Jasyntha Connelly, Megan Horkins, Anthony Brutto, Jason Lynn, Wesley Lynn, Levi Lynn, Emmy Rose Russell, David Russell, Lucca Marchetti and step grandchildren David Greer, Jennafer Russell, Melody Russell and Natalie Rapp, and her great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Loretta Lynn Foundation.

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