Lynda Petty, Wife Of The King, Dies At 72
LEVEL CROSS, N.C. — Lynda Gale Owens Petty, wife of seven-time NASCAR champion Richard Petty and mother of retired NASCAR driver and commentator Kyle Petty, died Tuesday at her home. She was 72.
Lynda Petty, born on March 6, 1942, married Richard Petty in 1958. Together they crisscrossed the country raising four children — Kyle, Sharon, Lisa and Rebecca — while becoming deeply embedded in the NASCAR way of life.
Often called The First Lady of NASCAR, Lynda Petty was diagnosed with a brain tumor and cancer of the central nervous system in 2010, but was declared cancer free in 2013. Despite this, she continued to suffer from side effects of the cancer treatment, including mini strokes.
She, along with many in the NASCAR industry, played a role in the first “Cars” movie, where she was the voice of the car married to the car voiced by Richard Petty. She also helped start the Racing Wives Auxiliary.
A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at Reverie Place in Randleman, N.C., which Pastor Kenny Crosswhite will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following:
Petty Family Foundation
311 Branson Mill Road
Randleman, N.C. 27317
A public memorial service will not be held and the family has asked for privacy at this time. The family offered the following statement to the public:
“We wish to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us and our family throughout the years and at this time. We will forever love and miss a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.”