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Singer Trisha Yearwood's mother dies at age 73

Associated Press Modified: October 1, 2011 at 8:30 pm •  Published: October 1, 2011

In a recent interview with GAC to promote a cooking special she taped with her mother, Trisha Yearwood described her mother as a real example to her in many different ways. She said Gwen Yearwood's independent streak and expression of true love for her husband of more than four decades, the late Jack Yearwood, were inspirations.

"I think my mom is the bomb," Trisha Yearwood said. "I'm very lucky. I'm one of those kids who has a mom who everybody loves. So when my mom comes to Oklahoma and visits and she's gone, everybody's like, 'When's your mom coming back?'"

The family statement thanked well-wishers and asked that expressions of sympathy be directed to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which helps fund breast cancer research, in Gwen Yearwood's name.