WKRN reports that Kitty Wells — born Ellen Muriel Deason and frequently referred to as "The Queen of Country Music" — passed away today at the age of 92. Wells, a native Nashvillian, was known for a long string of hits that included 1952's "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," a response to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life" and the first female-sung tune to hit No. 1 on the Billboard country charts.
According to WKRN, Wells died "peacefully with family by her side" at her home this morning following complications due to a stroke. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Hendersonville Church of Christ, and a burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Wells' family has asked that donations be made to Goodpasture Christian School, care of the Kitty Wells/Johnnie Wright Scholarship Fund. We'll have more information in this week's forthcoming issue of the Scene.