Lynda Petty was 72, and her illness was certainly not a secret. Specials on TV have touched on her battle, all while respecting her privacy. Her daughters spoke of her illness in a special broadcast on SPEED last year, focusing on the career of Richard Petty. Richard himself spoke with obvious love about his wife, and Lynda recounted their courtship, engagement and early years of their marriage.
While Richard was the King, Lynda was most definitely the "First Lady of NASCAR". We send our sincere condolences to the entire Petty family.
Just as I was processing the news of Lynda's death, Shawna Robinson posted this on her Facebook page:
"I'm getting ready to start a new journey that was unexpected but I am prepared to take it on as I would any challenge ..with direction and strength. I have breast cancer…when they tell you you have cancer you don't hear the rest you just see talking and you seem to be there but your not hearing the words. But it is real, start Chemo next week for 5-6 months then surgery….there is such progress in cancer treatment..…still scared but prepared for battle. Thankful for the family and friends….I'm blessed to have….ready to go wide open and get this thing!!!|
Since retiring, Shawna has been working in Interior Design, and specializes in refurbishing chairs. Now she faces the hardest battle of her life.