Loretta Lynn may have died in October, but the Coal Miner's daughter recorded a last message for her fans right before she passed away. The sentiment - which previously aired at the top of her celebration of life on CMT - was shared on her Instagram account this week in honor of the New Year.
"Never has a year been more consequential than 2022 for us," the post read. "It's so hard to accept. In ways, it feels like we haven't seen her in forever, but we can also nearly convince ourselves she will be there when we walk in her house. We love her so and miss her unbearably."
The post continued to say that fans' love and support was "our strength."
"She wanted to be sure she could personally share her love with each of you after she was gone one final time," the post explained.
Lynn passed away in her sleep on October 4 at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. She was 90 years old and had built a career out of writing and performing unflinchingly honest songs about life and world issues that impacted women and the world around her.
The Kentucky native used her last message to thank her fans for "giving me such a great life."
"I have never taken it or you for granted," she said in the recorded message. "Because of you, my kids didn't have to grow up poor the way that I did. As a mother, I didn't have to go to bed heartbroken. What you have given me allowed me to give them a better life. I hope you know what a gift that is."
Lynn noted that she has shared her story through her songs, her books and her movie and has tried to give back to fans as much as she can.
"I could never repay you for the life and the love that you have given to me," she said. "I've traveled all over the world, but I've never got to see much, that is, except for you, my fans, my friends. I want you to know that I saw and I remember every one of you.
"I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
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