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County music deaths 2013 include Garth Brooks' sister, Loretta Lynn's daughter

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CMT published a list of some of the most notable deaths in country music in 2013 on Dec.31 and on the list of the ladies of country music who passed away in 2013 are Garth Brooks's sister Betsy Smittle and Loretta Lynn's eldest daughter Betty Sue Lynn. Other ladies of country music who passed away in 2013 include Patti Page, 85, who blessed the ears of music fans everywhere with the beautiful song “The Tennessee Waltz”, passed away on Jan. 1 of this year.

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A pop star turned lady of county music, Patty Andrews, one of the Andrew Sisters, passed away on Jan. 30 in Los Angeles at the age of 94. Patty was the last surviving of the Andrew Sisters, a pop trio who recorded with country icons Ernest Tubb and Red Foley.

Mindy McCready, 37, known for such hits as “Guys Do It” and “Ten Thousand Angels” died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Feb. 17 in Heber Spring, Ark. McCready is survived by her two sons, Zander, 7, and Zane, 1.

Betty Sue Lynn, eldest daughter of one of the first ladies of country music, Loretta Lynn, died on July 3 in Waverly, Tenn. Betty Sue was the owner/operator of the Lynn Family Flea Market in Hurricane, Tenn.

Lorene Mann, 76, the iconic country songwriter behind Kitty Wells’ 1960 number one hit “Left to Right” died on May 24 in Madison, Tenn. Lorene Mann was the co-founder of the Nashville Songwriters Association International and is credited with coining the NSAI’s motto, “It all begins with a song.”

Betsy Smittle, 60, who toured with half-brother Garth Brooks as a bass player and backup singer, died at the age of 60 on Nov. 2 in Tulsa, Okla. Smittle was a prominent figure in the gay community, often performing at gay pride events. In addition to touring with Garth Brooks, Betty also played bass on four of his studio albums.

©Rachael Monaco All Rights Reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced without prior permissions from the author. The first two sentences may be reposted with a link back to the original article.

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