Theresa Ann Lane was the wife of Merle Haggard, the country music legend who died on his 79th birthday. As the world pays tribute to an incomparable icon, many are curious about the widow he has left be hind. You can see photos and video and find out about the couple that had been married for more than two decades.

Theresa Ann Lane and Merle Haggard

Photo: Theresa Ann Lane and Merle Haggard
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It was a sad day, the birthday of Merle Haggard also became his death day, April 6th at 79. He lived to see that day and it became his very last. While many might have already taken to social media to pay tribute to him on his birthday, hours later, his name was trending on social media for quite a different reason.

The life story of Merle Haggard is part of his legacy, the stint at San Quentin Prison, for instance. As other country music artists sang about the outlaw life, he lived it.

As he passes on, many are curious about his personal life, as to whether or not he was married. The fact is, he was married a total of five times, and at the time of his death, Theresa Ann Lane was his wife. She is also known as Theresa Haggard.

Haggard’s first wife was Leona Hobbs to whom he was married from 1956 to 1964 and the couple had four children together; Dana, Marty, Kelli, and Noel. His second wife was Bonnie Owens, who was also a country music artist and songwriter. The couple married in 1965 and divorced in 1978. His third wife was Leona Williams, another country music artist; the marriage lasted from 1978 to 1983. His fourth wife was Debbie Parret to whom he was married from 1985 to 1991.

As for Therese Ann Lane, this was Haggard’s final and longest lasting marriage; more than 22 years. The couple married on September 11, 1993 and had two children together, a son and a daughter, Ben Haggard and Jenessa Haggard. His son was a member of his band and was on tour with him. Yes, up until his death from complications of double pneumonia, Haggard had a full tour itinerary stretching well into June and it was only in recent weeks he cancelled concerts due to his illness.

The details of the Theresa Ann Lane biography are sparse, but an interview that Haggard gave back in 1999 sheds some light on her professional endeavors.

He said at the time of his wife, “`She sings, and she writes real good. She’s a real good writer, and that’s kind of how we got to liking each other, was through writing and her desiring to be a writer.” The article also notes she was responsible for some of the family business such as setting up Haggard’s interviews.

She was frequently at his side in red carpet photos, some of which you can see below along with video of their duet performances. Our prayers and condolences for Theresa Ann Haggard and the family, loved ones, friends and colleagues of the country music legend who leaves behind a staggering legacy for generations to come.

Photos: Theresa Ann Lane and Merle Haggard
Credit: PR Photos

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