Ollie Imogene “Jean” Shepard (1933-2016). American ‘honky-tonk’ country singer-songwriter. She had 73 single hit the Hot Country Song Chart.
Her one song that made it to number 1 was “A Dear John Letter”, a 1953 duet with Ferlin Husky, was the first post-World War II record by a woman country artist to sell more than a million copies.
In 2011, Jean was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On the night that Jean retired, November 21, 2015, Shepard became the first woman to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 60 consecutive years. About 10 months later, Jean died of Parkinson’s Disease