Reba McEntire Tributes Loretta Lynn: ‘I Sure Appreciate Her Paving The Rough and Rocky Road For All Us Girl Singers’

Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Reba
Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Reba
Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn; Photo Courtesy Reba

Reba McEntire is mourning the loss of her late friend and fellow country music icon, Loretta Lynn, who passed away on Tuesday (Oct. 4) at the age of 90.

The country music superstar took to social media to share a heartfelt message in honor of the late Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member.

“Mama and Loretta Lynn were four years apart, Mama being the oldest. They always reminded me a lot of each other. Strong women, who loved their children and were fiercely loyal,” McEntire wrote in reference to her late mother Jacqueline, who died in March of 2020 at 93 years old.

McEntire went on to express her feelings about the pair joining together in Heaven. 

“Now they’re both in Heaven getting to visit and talk about how they were raised, how different country music is now from what it was when they were young. Sure makes me feel good that Mama went first so she could welcome Loretta into the hollers of heaven!” 

She concluded her post writing, “I always did and I always will love Loretta. She was always so nice to me. I sure appreciate her paving the rough and rocky road for all us girl singers.”

In 2021, Reba and Lynn joined forces with Carrie Underwood, and Lynn’s daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, to release “Still Woman Enough,” a reference to Lynn’s iconic song “You Ain’t Woman Enough.” 

The track appeared on the Still Woman Enough Album, which also included special guests, Tanya Tucker and Margo Price. 

Still Woman Enough features 13 tracks and was produced by Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.

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.

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

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. Information about a memorial service/celebration of life will be made available at a later date. For more information, visit LorettaLynn.com.

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