Country singer Wynonna Judd visited with the two surviving family members of a deadly Kentucky fire that killed nine people, including a mother and eight children last Thursday.
According to SurfKy.com, Judd contacted a caseworker at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where 11-year-old Kylie Watson and her father Chad remain hospitalized, a few days prior to the visit to arrange a meeting.
"Wynonna heard about the story, and being from Kentucky herself, she told us last night she was immediately moved with sadness and grief," the family's pastor, Adam Brown, said. "She just has a soft spot for Kentucky and Kentuckians."
Brown told the Kentucky television station Judd spent over an hour with the family.
"She spent well over an hour with us, hugging every person in the room, and sharing so many words of wisdom," Brown said. "She told us about the tragedies in her own life. Somehow, she just related so well to the sadness that we had. It was like having a mother hen in the room. Everyone just grew so close to her so fast."
Funeral services for mother LaRae "Nikki" Watson, 15-year-old Madison Watson, 14-year-old Kaitlyn Watson, 13-year-old Morgan Watson, nine-year-old Emily Watson, eight-year-old Samuel Watson, six-year-old Raegan Watson and four-year-old twins, Mark and Nathaniel Watson will be held Saturday at Felix Martin Hall at Muhlenberg County High School.
A public visitation begins at 11 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m.
The Band Perry, a popular country trio, offered to pay for the family's funeral.
Several funds have been set up to assist the family, including: The Calvary Baptist Church Watson Family Fund Old National Bank P.O. Box 549 Central City, Ky. 42330
The Calvary Baptist Church Watson Family Fund Commonwealth Community Bank 340 Airport Road Greenville, Ky. 42345
The Calvary Baptist Church Watson Family Fund First Kentucky Bank P/O. Box 110 Central City, Ky. 42330
First National Bank Watson Family Fund P.O Box 389, 139 W. Broad St. Central City, Ky. 42330