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"She was everything that everybody says that she was," says Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson. "And she had her priorities in order. I don't think she ever knew how big a star she was."
She may not have, but her friends and fans did. Wells, whose real name is Murial Wright, was remembered as a woman of faith, someone who helped launch many other careers - a star who set the standard of what it meant to be a professional.
"Unlike today's performers, Kitty Wells never canceled a show," says Eddie Stubbs. "When her mother died, Johnny chartered a plane for her to come back for the funeral, but then she was right back to work."
One of the careers Wells helped launch was Ricky Skaggs', whose family performed at the service. Skaggs says Wells and her husband brought him on stage with them in West Virginia when he was only 6.
"I don't know what they saw in me that day but I know what I saw in them," says Skaggs. "I saw a very giving and loving bunch of people that was willing to give someone a handout, you know a hand up."
A constant theme was how grounded Kitty Wells was in spite of her fame, putting faith and family first. Fellow Hall of Famer Connie Smith called Wells country music royalty.
"She was a queen," says Smith. "When you walked into her presence you felt like you wanted to bow because she just had that essence about her. That is what I aspire to be and I think all the other ladies as well."
Jan Howard, another Opry member at the service, said Kitty Wells took a gravel road and turned it into a 4-lane highway. Kitty Wells passed away Monday at the age of 92. She had 35 top 10 hits and 81 chart records. Wells toured with her family until just 5 years ago.
Saturday, July 21 2012, 02:04 AM CDT
Updated conservatorship statute effective July 1
May 21, 2013 12:49 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law revisions to the state conservatorship statute.
The law allows the court to appoint a conservator to manage the assets of a person a judge finds unable to handle his or her own affairs.
State Rep. Andrew Farmer, a Sevierville Republican, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1183hjy ) the intent of the bill he sponsored in the House is to make sure people aren't being taken advantage of.
The bill sprang from a series of hearings statewide by the Tennessee Bar Association. They revealed there were no uniform procedures for placing a person's assets under a conservator on an emergency basis.
The changes take effect July 1.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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