1931 - 2004
She was born Mary Frances Penick in Dry
Ridge, Kentucky, and began performing early with singer Betty Jack Davis,
calling themselves The
Skeeter began a solo career after Betty was killed in a car wreck in 1953. Her biggest hits included "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know," "The End of the World," and "Gonna Get Along Without You Now."
A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1959, she became considered a Classic act in this country, but remained a top billing concert attraction overseas and packed the auditoriums in Korea, Africa, Indonesia and Thailand, well into the 1990's. . .
She had battled breast cancer since 1988 and was 73 she died in Nashville.
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