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Lynda Petty, wife of The King, dies at 72

March 25th, 2014 6:19 pm by Staff Report

Lynda Petty, wife of The King, dies at 72

In this Nov. 15, 1992, file photo, NASCAR driver Richard Petty, left, kisses his wife, Lynda, during ceremonies before The King's final race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo)

RANDLEMAN, N.C. — Lynda Petty, the wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. She was 72.

In a statement, Jeff Dennison of Petty Motorsports said Petty was surrounded by her family when she died at her home in Level Cross on Tuesday. Dennison said Petty had been fighting cancer for the past several years.

Lynda Petty helped start the Racing Wives Auxiliary, a benevolent fund for injured members of the NASCAR community. The group was formed by the wives of drivers, crews and sponsors.

Besides her husband, Lynda Petty is survived by son Kyle, two daughters, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service is scheduled for Reverie Place in Randleman. No date or time was given.

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