Taste of Country just confirmed that singer/songwriter Holly Dunn has passed away after a battle with a rare form of ovarian cancer.  She was 59.

Born Holly Suzette Dunn on August 22, 1957, she worked as a songwriter and demo singer when she moved to Nashville and was signed to MTM Records (a record label owned by actress Mary Tyler Moore).  It was at MTM Records that Holly wrote 'Daddy's Hands' as a gift to her Dad on Father's Day.  "Daddy's Hands" was a huge hit song for Holly and opened the door to future number one hits like,  "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me," "Love Someone Like Me," "Strangers Again," and "You Really Had Me Going."

I met Holly Dunn in Nashville in the late 1980's and she always came across to me as a sincere and beautiful person, both inside and out.  Her strong Christian faith carried her through some very tough times as she fought very hard to win this battle with cancer.

In one of her final interviews, it was that strong faith that came shining through.  In a recent post with Taste of Country, Holly was quoted as saying:  "Being a Christian, I know that no matter how this chapter ends, I will be OK. Either upright walking on this earth or safe in my Savior’s arms."

[via Taste of Country, WSMV-TV]