Slim Pickens' wife Margaret ‘Maggi’ Elizabeth Lindley passes away

Margaret "Maggi" Elizabeth Lindley, widow of rodeo clown, contestant, and movie actor Slim Pickens, passed away March 21, 2011 in Sonora, California, five days shy of her 90th birthday. She incurred a broken hip in December and never recovered from it. Maggi, a native Californian, was born March 26, 1921. She met Slim at the Madera County Fair while she was galloping a horse on the race track. The funnyman stepped out on the track, and in trying to avoid hitting him, she almost had a wreck. Maggi was quite angry with him for that antic, but in time she obviously changed her mind. They were married on March 22, a long time ago, and lived a long happy life until Slim died of cancer, December 8, 1983. Their final home was in Columbia, California. She is survived by their three children, Daryle Ann Lindley, of Toluca Lake, CA; Maggi Wittman, Columbia, CA; and Thom Lindley of Edmonds, WA, plus five grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. There will not be a service until summer when all of her family can be present and ‘there will be blue skies and sunny days’. Memorials can be sent in her name to: Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, c/o Dayton ‘Hawk’ Hyde, P O Box 998, Hot Springs, SD 57747.

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Maggi Pickens

According to an article, in Western Clippings Newsletter put out by Boyd Magers, Mrs. Pickens and their daughters were very lovely.

The cast and crew of Custer met them and razzed Slim about how it was a good thing the girls took after their mother in looks.

Nice to see notification of this. I'll pass it along to Boyd in case he's not aware of it.

My pleasure. Slim Pickens was

My pleasure. Slim Pickens was no Montgomery Clift, but boy was he funny. He was a real cowboy, too. Not just an actor. The women behind these successful men deserve a lot of credit for their husband's careers.

Philip Armour
Editor-in-Chief

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