Barbara Mandrell returns to the Grand Ole Opry for 50th anniversary

Mandrell is honored by Carrie Underwood

Barbara Mandrell has been retired for over two decades

but she remains an essential member of the Grand Ole Opry, 50 years later.

She made a rare visit at the location to mark

her 50th anniversary of joining the exclusive club.

Mandrell wrote a thanking message saying,

"Lord knows I love the Opry!"

Since 1997, Mandrell has largely avoided the spotlight

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