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Longtime Grand Ole Opry star Wilma Lee Cooper is dead

September 16th, 2011 3:08 pm by Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wilma Lee Cooper, who teamed with husband Stoney Cooper as a top country duo for some three decades and earned the title "The First Lady of Bluegrass," is dead. She was 90.

The Grand Ole Opry announced Friday she died Tuesday of natural causes at her home in Sweetwater, Tenn.

She and her husband began recording in the late 1940s, then performed regularly on the Opry from 1957 until his death in 1977. She continued as a solo singer on the show until 2001.

With her husband, they had such hits as "Cheated Too," ''There's a Big Wheel" and "Come Walk With Me."

Wilma Lee was known for her big voice and boundless enthusiasm.

The Opry said she asked that there be no memorial service. Survivors include a daughter.


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