Country Singer Judy Lynn Dies At 74

By Rick Howlett

Judy Lynn Kelly, a country singer who left the music business to become a minister, has died at her home in Jeffersonville, Indiana.   She was 74.        

A relative tells the Assoicated Press that Kelly died Wednesday after suffering from congestive heart failure.

According to the website, Kelly, who performed under the name Judy Lynn,  rose to fame after touring with a group of Grand Ole Opry performers as a teenager. She was hired to fill in for Jean Shepherd, who had become ill during a stop in the northwest.

Kelly retired from the music business in 1980 to enter the ministry.                 

Survivors include a daughter and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be Tuesday at Christ Gospel Church in Jeffersonville.

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