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North Carolina legislators honor late Lynda Petty

May 21, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty’s late wife Lynda was honored Tuesday by the North Carolina General Assembly for her decades of service to the community and NASCAR.

Lynda Petty passed away March 25 after a long illness. She was 72.

Lynda and Richard had been married 55 years at the time of her death.

North Carolina state Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph) read an official proclamation in front of the General Assembly praising Lynda Petty for her years of service for a number of causes, including 16 years on the Randolph County Board of Education, founded several philanthropic organizations and served on several charitable boards.

Tillman also cited Lynda Petty for her years of service to the NASCAR community, to which Tillman called her “the First Lady of NASCAR.”

Richard Petty was present to accept the honors bestowed upon his late wife.

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