Lynda Petty, wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, has passed away at the age of 72.
Petty, known as one of the first women of NASCAR, had been battling cancer over the past several years. According to an obituary posted by NASCAR Media, she passed away peacefully at her home in Level Cross, NC, surrounded by her family.
Petty helped start the Racing Wives Auxilary, a fund to help injured members of the NASCAR community that was formed by the wives of drivers, sponsors and crew members.
She also worked as a Red Cross volunteer, and school volunteer, president of the athletic booster club and a Boy and Girl Scout leader. She served for 16 years on the Randolph County School Board and was on the board of the Randolph County Hospice.
“We wish to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us and our family throughout the years and at this time,” the family said in a statement to the public. “We will forever love and miss a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.”
“On behalf of the France Family and everyone at NASCAR, I want to offer sincere condolences to the Petty Family regarding the loss of their beloved matriarch, Lynda Petty,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO. “Through the years, Lynda became an integral part of the NASCAR family. We have lost a true friend, who will be missed each and every day. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the Pettys throughout this difficult time.”
“We want to extend our most sincere condolences to the Petty family following the passing of Lynda Petty,” said Ed Clark, president of Atlanta Motor Speedway. “She will forever be remembered for her strong commitment to her family and her extraordinary support of the generations of racing Pettys. She left a lasting impact on numerous individuals throughout the sport.”
Petty is preceded by grandson Adam K. Petty and is survived by her loving husband Richard; son, Kyle and daughters Sharon and husband Terry Farlow; Lisa and husband Charlie Luck; Rebecca and husband Brian Moffitt.
In addition, she is survived by grandchildren Austin Petty and wife Sarah; Hannah and husband Brad Leonard; Montgomery and husband Randy Schlappi; Maggie and Kyle Farlow; Richard, Sarah and Margaret Luck; Helen, Thad and Harrison Moffitt, and great grandchildren Sullivan Mae Schlappi and Adam Christopher Stonewall Petty.
A private memorial service for family and friends will be held at Reverie Place in Randleman, NC. A public memorial service will not be held and the family asks for privacy at this time.