Singer Wynonna Judd celebrates Mother’s Day just a week after the death of her mom and bandmate Naomi Judd on April 30th. The country music legend, who performed with her older daughter Wynon as Judds, has died at the age of 76 from the effects of “mental illness,” her daughters said in a statement.
On Sunday, Wynonna, 57, posted a photo from her childhood on Instagram. The picture shows young Naomi with her arms wrapped around Wynonne and her sister, actress Ashley Judd.
“I miss it,” the country star wrote a family photo.
Judd’s announcement comes after an emotional essay written by Sister Ashley USA Today last week. It’s in him Warmth and Double danger the star wrote about her mother’s legacy before “abruptly, shockingly, she spent her first Mother’s Day without her mom”.
“I should have visited her on Sunday, given her a box of antique sweets, our family tradition,” the actress and activist continued. “We should have had a sweet pleasure in the easy presence of each other. Instead, I’m tied down. But my heart is not empty. It’s full of gratitude for what she left behind. Her nurturing and tenderness, her music and memory.”
Judd’s essay, published just days after a draft Supreme Court opinion leaked that Roe v. Wade could be overturned, also reflects on the challenges women face in terms of motherhood, which she said “should always be Choice”. She pointed out the difficulties that Naomi herself had to overcome as a 17-year-old teenager.
“My mom was a legend,” Ashley wrote. “She was an artist and a storyteller, but she had to fight a hell of a lot to master the hand she got, to earn her place in history. She didn’t have to fight so hard to share her gifts with the world.”
She continued: “This Mother’s Day, I decided to pay tribute to my mother for the person she was, the mother and more. And I ask you to respect your mother, if you are lucky enough to have her. Respect her for more than her work and sacrifice. Honor her for her talents and dreams. Honor her by demanding a world in which motherhood is everywhere, safe, healthy – and chosen. “