Country music enthusiasts and Loretta Lynn’s family have teamed up to advocate for the renaming of Paintsville State Park in Kentucky.
A petition was recently issued to request the bluegrass state to consider honoring the country legend by changing the name of the national conservation area. Lynn’s loved ones turned to social media late Monday (Nov. 28) evening to encourage individuals to sign the Change.org document.
“Our family hopes you’ll sign this petition to request the State of Kentucky renames this state park after Loretta,” they wrote on her official Twitter account. “She would LOVE this so much. Kentucky, and especially her home area were always in her heart.”
They included the link to the website and thanked devoted listeners for their endless support in making their special vision a reality.
“Thank you to the fans who started this; we continue to be amazed by the outpouring of love,” read the tweet.
Lynn’s daughter Peggy Lynn Marchetti spoke out about the objective and declared that the petition requires 25,000 signatures to be considered by Governor Andy Beshear and to change the name to “Loretta Lynn State Park.”
“She’s given a voice to those coal miners that have worked so hard, to the rural woman – just so much,” said Marchetti in a video. “To get this park named after her would be really cool.”
The Queen of country lived near the park with her husband, Oliver Lynn. The two tied the knot as teenagers near the reservation in 1948. According to Marchetti, her mother would spend quality time with close friends in Paintsville throughout her life. The landmark quickly secured a special place in Lynn's heart.
The vocalist wore her love for Kentucky on her sleeve like a badge of honor. Not only did Lynn push the boundaries of mainstream music by sparking difficult dialogues, but her impressive catalog touched upon her humble beginnings in the southern region. Her 1970 smash single “Coal Miner’s Daughter” reflects on her roots and being an Appalachia woman in poverty. Meanwhile, Lynn’s fiddle and banjo-soaked classic “Blue Kentucky Girl” conveys a love story about a wife from her home state.
“I think that this would be such a win for not only Paintsville, Kentucky, to have this hometown girl’s name on this park, it would just tickle my mom,” she concluded.
The icon passed peacefully in her sleep in early October at the age of 90. The Country Music Hall of Famer died at her Hurricane Mills, Tennessee home.
The songstress was buried in her family’s cemetery on her estate, which she had since the 1960s. The ceremony was private, with no more than 100 guests in attendance.
To celebrate Lynn and her 60-year-long career, fans can sign the petition – here.