- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FERRIDAY, La. (AP) - Frankie Jean Lewis Terrell, the sister of legendary rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, has died.

Terrell died Sunday of a heart attack, Ferriday Mayor Sherrie Jacobs McMahon confirmed Tuesday. She was 71.

“She died doing what she loved to do: giving a tour of the Jerry Lee Lewis Family Museum in Ferriday,” McMahon, who is Terrell’s cousin, told The Associated Press. “She passed out. A tourist had to get in touch with some of the family to get them to call an ambulance.”

McMahon said Terrell’s love for her brothers and sister was apparent any time she talked about them. She said Terrell also was a well-known personality in Ferriday and to her brother’s fans worldwide.

Terrell owned and operated the museum in her home, and her family also operated a drive-through liquor barn and convenience store beside the home, McMahon said.

“My cousin, Frankie Jean, was an original … one of a kind,” McMahon told The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/2abA7qd ). “She loved her family unconditionally. She took great pride in her Lewis Family Museum where she delighted in giving tours to folks from around the world.”

McMahon told the AP that Terrell was the sole proprietor of the museum.

“Frankie Jean collected, saved and salvaged every little thing that was Jerry Lee. I can only describe it as ‘eclectic.’ She had some of everything. The genius, though, was that she also had stories to tell about every one of the things she collected and framed. We’ll probably sit down with her daughters to discuss what we can do to save the museum,” McMahon said.

Terrell is survived by her husband, Marion Terrell, three daughters and a son.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by Concordia Funeral Home but are incomplete at this time, McMahon said.

Terrell and her family are cousins to Baton Rouge evangelist Jimmy Swaggart and country music star Mickey Gilley, who also owns a theater in Branson, Missouri.

The following statement was posted on Jerry Lee Lewis’ Facebook page:

“Jerry Lee and I ask for prayers and understanding as we mourn the sudden death of Jerry Lee’s loving sister Frankie Jean Lewis Terrell. May God grant us strength as we go through this … we love you all. … Jerry Lee & Judith Lewis”

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