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Loretta Lynn said her life went ‘from misery to happiness — and sometimes back to misery’

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Before country music icon Loretta Lynn died at the age of 90, she experienced many personal losses. As such, she once said that her life went “from misery to happiness — and sometimes back to misery,” and that was before the deaths of two of her children.

In Lynn’s 1976 autobiography, which was made into a film, The miner’s daughtershe wrote, “My life has gone from misery to happiness — and sometimes back to misery.”

That was before Lynn’s eldest son, Jack Benny, died in 1984. The 34-year-old left the family ranch for a horseback ride, as he had done countless times before. On that fateful day he attempted to cross a river but failed and drowned. His horse was found near where his body was discovered (People).

Remarkably, Lynn was exhausted and hospitalized before learning of her son’s death due to a grueling performance schedule. Her husband Oliver Lynn traveled to her hospital bed to break the news. Her manager said, “She took it a lot better than we expected,” adding, “Loretta will be all right.”

Then, in 2013, Lynn’s eldest child, her daughter Betty Sue, died of complications from emphysema. “It felt like part of my heart died when she left us. I hated seeing her sick, but I didn’t want to let her go. She was more than a daughter; She was a best friend,” Lynn wrote in a blog post.

“Betty Sue was 63 when we lost her but a mother doesn’t care,” she shared. “Young or old, no parent should ever have to bury a child. I buried two of mine and there is no such pain.”

Despite known ups and downs, Lynn and Oliver stayed together for 48 years. And she gave him plenty of credit for her success in country music.

“Without Doolittle there would be no career,” Lynn wrote in Coal Miner’s Daughter (People). “I wouldn’t have started singing at all, and second, I wouldn’t have had the inspiration for some of my best songs. And I could never have run my business. So Doolittle is literally responsible for everything we have.”

Before his death, she stopped touring to help with his medical needs. He died in 1996 and she survived him by 26 years.

During her decades in the music industry, Lynn endured the hardship of losing several close friends. She had formed a deep bond with Patsy Cline when she tragically died in 1963. And she was in the hospital with friend and frequent collaborator Conway Twitty when he died 30 years later in 1993.

She mourned the deaths of many of her country music peers, such as Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers and Naomi Judd. But she also learned a lesson from all the loss.

“Today make peace, forgive each other, slow down and make time for each other, spend time together, say ‘I love you,'” she wrote on her blog. “You always think you have time until you don’t have it anymore.”

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