Oklahoma country music star and cookbook author Trisha Yearwood is mourning the death of her mother, Gwen Yearwood, at the age of 73.
Gwen Yearwood, who co-authored her daughter’s two best-selling cookbooks, died Saturday in morning in Tifton, Ga., after a long fight with cancer, according to the Associated Press.
“The family is deeply appreciative of the care and concern they’ve received throughout this journey,” they said in a statement to the AP.
According to the statement, Trisha Yearwood and her sister Beth were by their mother’s side when she died.
Gwen Yearwood, a teacher who lived in Monticello, Ga., most of her life, wrote two popular cookbooks with her daughters. “Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen: Recipes from My Family to Yours” was released in 2008 and “Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood: Stories and Recipes to Share with Family and Friends” was published in 2010.
Trisha Yearwood, a Grammy-winning singer, was among country music’s most popular acts before going into semi-retirement with her husband Garth Brooks on their spread in Owasso. She continues to be a popular draw when she performs and said recently she hopes soon to hit Broadway when her stepchildren are all in college, according to the AP.
The family statement asked that expressions of sympathy be directed to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which helps fund breast cancer research, in Gwen Yearwood’s name.
Our thoughts here at BAM’s Blog are with the Yearwood family.