Widow of Merle Haggard Pens Moving Post on His Birthday and Anniversary of Death

by Quentin Blount

As stars around the country music industry mourn the outlaw legend Merle Haggard, perhaps no tribute was more moving than that from his widow, Theresa Ann Lane.

Merle Haggard was married five times during his life. And it took all five to finally find a keeper in Theresa Ann Lane. The couple got married back on Sept. 11, 1993. They eventually had two children together, Jenessa and Ben. Haggard and Lane were together up until his death back on April 6, 2016. Merle Haggard died on his birthday of all days after battling double pneumonia. He was 79 years old.

So, while some five years have passed since the passing of the country music icon, it still remains fresh for many of those he was closest to. And perhaps none more so than for Theresa Ann Lane. And on Tuesday, the anniversary of his birthday and death, the widow of Merle Haggard penned an incredibly moving post.

“Hello fans and friends, Theresa here. Today is the day Merle Haggard was born and the day that he died,” she begins. “Not too many people actually die on the day they were born, but he called it. He is missed every day by our family. I was blessed to have known him for 25+ years, an experience I will never ever forget.”

Haggard released 38 No. 1 hit songs on the U.S. country charts between the 1960s and the 1980s. In addition, he received numerous honors and awards for his music, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

“I know he is missed by so many people throughout the world,” Lane continues. “His music touched many hearts and continues to do so every day.”

Today is ‘Merle Haggard Day’ in Tennessee

Yes, there is actually an official “Merle Haggard Day” in Tennessee. It is a fitting tribute to one of the most inspiring country singers of his generation. Back in 2017, the City of Nashville proclaimed that April 6 was “Merle Haggard Day.”

But if you were to ask Theresa Ann Lane, she thinks that the holiday should be more widespread than just in the Music City. She thinks that Merle Haggard Day should be a national holiday.

“In Tennessee today is Merle Haggard Day. I think it should be a national holiday,” she says in the post. “Young and old alike loved his music. He had a way of taking life’s experiences and putting them to words so perfect, pairing it with melodies that could affect even the unaffected. He sang songs about everyday life. And Sang about things were not everyday life, like prison.”

Lane goes on to ask her follows to spread some love for Haggard today on their local radio stations.

“So take a moment out of this day, Merle Haggard Day, and play your favorite song,” she says. “Reach out and request from your local stations. And if he’s listening somewhere maybe he can hear us where he’s at. I’m sure he’ll get a smile on his face.”