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Loretta Lynn‘s granddaughter, Tayla, has followed in her “memaw’s” musical footsteps. She has been a performer for years, and often sings Loretta’s songs in tribute to her.
Tayla is also in a duo called Twitty & Lynn with Tre Twitty, the grandson of Loretta’s beloved duet partner and friend Conway Twitty. They frequently perform their grandparents’ famous duets such as “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.”
Tayla always made it obvious how much she adored Loretta. So when Loretta passed away on Tuesday (October 4) at the age of 90, Tayla was understandably heartbroken.
She shared the following post on social media not long after the Lynn family announced that Loretta had passed away:
“Gettin to meet Jesus was something that brought her so much joy and comfort. This loss. This grief. We all feel it. You feel it like I do. Like the family. You are family. To her you were her family for so very long. She’s wasn’t just ours. She was yours too. As sad as we are- we are so thankful she is home with her Father in Heaven. Her Mommy & Daddy. Her children past. Her husband. So many that have gone before her. Forever changed.”
In the midst of this devastating time, Tayla has found some comfort through music. She and Tre were in the studio on Wednesday (October 5):
“I’m in the studio today,” Tayla shared. “Seems strange in some ways but feels just right. I feel her. She wrote when she hurt and it created some of her best work. She always gave when she hurt. She taught me that. I hurt. God, I hurt. There are not words to say but there are songs to sing. I can’t write today. I can’t. But I can sing. I can sing with all I’ve got. I cry and sing and cry. Somehow in the studio I’m finding peace. It’s where she wanted me. ‘Never stop working’, she’d say—keep on keeping on. That’s what I am doing. I think she’s smiling that I’m here recording. I hope so.”
Tayla said she and Tre are working on a record at the moment, which Loretta was fully “behind.” They wrote some of their own songs and also plan to cover Loretta and Conway’s duet “Feelins.”
In a post on Friday (October 7), Tayla opened up further about the emotions she’s been experiencing since Loretta passed away. She said:
“We walk through life with a wanting. Wanting for someone to tell us we are loved. That we are unique. We matter. We are doing a good job. That we are important to them. To be seen. To be kissed, hugged and known. She did that. She did it in person but I think for most she did it through the radio. Her book. The movie. Her story. Her voice like an Angel. Her story-close to yours. She left me with something incredible. She left me her words. Words that were between us. Words she said nobody else had to know or understand. I cling to that. I walk around the last couple of days and stand tall because I have those hands on my face and her words in my heart. Eye to eye. Heart to heart.”
Tayla believes her memaw “left us all with something” through her music, books, movie, and ranch. She also left her fellow artists and fans with memories they will treasure for a lifetime.
Loretta’s son, Ernest, is Tayla’s father. In her post, Tayla recounted something Ernest said about how Loretta viewed her fans:
“The love & memories you are sharing of Memaw are so lovely,” Tayla said. “We all see and watch -she loved her fans. My Daddy said yesterday: Those were never fans to her. They were always her friends.“
Head below to watch Tayla honor her memaw Loretta by singing her iconic song “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”
Our hearts and prayers go out to Tayla and all of Loretta’s loved ones during this difficult time. She is so dearly missed.
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