Loretta Lynn knew she was dying, and not just in the big picture. Following the country music singer’s death on Tuesday (October 4), her daughter shared a conversation she had with her mother just a day earlier.
Peggy Lynn and her twin sister, Patsy, were the last children of Loretta Lynn and her husband, born in 1964. On Facebook, Peggy (now Peggy Marchetti) shared her grief in a unique and poetic way.
“I kissed my precious mommy goodbye today. She looked as peaceful as a sleeping angel,” she writes.
“She is beautiful even in death… (ellipses are yours) she just has this amazing glow that is so unique and timeless. I could barely tear my arms from around her. I didn’t want her to leave us. I felt possessive, selfish and broken… completely broken.”
Peggy says that since 2017 she has been her mother’s primary caregiver and describes the task as important and honorable. She goes on to explain that she rarely posts publicly because her family has lived in the public eye for so long.
“I needed to keep something just for myself,” he admits.
The final paragraph of her lengthy tribute finds the 58-year-old expressing her gratitude that her mother died “gently” in the night.
“Dad just came over and took her hand and they’re in each other’s arms together, I know, (sic),” she writes.
This sentence is more than mere conjecture. The day before, Peggy says that her mother was encouraged to tell the family that she was ready to go to heaven and that her Doo (her husband Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn) would be coming to take her home.
“‘They told me I’m really going home,'” says Peggy Lynn, quoting or paraphrasing her mother. “She actually said that yesterday… She knew it… she just knew it and she was happy.”
I thought yes, one day… and I said: hello, not today Margaret… I’m going to spend the night with you tomorrow night, so wait 🙂 She said you better come here because I’m going home .
Peggy Lynn’s message ends with a final thank you to her mother.
“You have been the best mom … you have been an inspiration to many,” she writes.
The second part of that statement was proven true in the days after Lynn’s death at the age of 90. Dozens of artists and thousands of fans took to social media to speak about the importance of her music within the country community and beyond. She was a true pioneer.
Details of Loretta Lynn’s memorial have not been announced. She leaves behind four children and is preceded in death by her two children and her husband, who died in 1996.
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Rest in peace …