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Horsewoman considers her saddle a throne

By Diane DeHamer

Chino Valley Review

There must be a special heaven for cowboys, when leaving this land.

Where God is always ready, to hire another hand

- excerpt from "Cowboy's Heaven" by Marge Tucker

Feisty 85-year-old Marge Tucker has been a ranch wife since the 1940s when she married her late husband, cowboy and rancher Bud Tucker. They managed the 44 Bar Ranch, where they raised quarter horses and ran about 135 head of cows.

"Living on the ranch, I worked cows, broke colts and roped horses," Marge recalled.

Besides her work on the ranch and raising three sons, Marge also participated in roping events and barrel racing until the 1980s.

"I loved every minute of ranch life and being out in God's country," she beamed.

Marge, who is also a cowboy poet, has written poetry since she was a child.

"When I was a kid, I loved writing poetry and I would take it to school and the teachers wouldn't believe I wrote it," said Marge.

In 1991 when the "Cowboy Poets Gathering" first started, Marge attended and just listened to the various poets.

"I got real inspired and I thought, 'I can do that,' so I came home and wrote a poem called 'The Spotted Steer,'" she said.

For 17 years Marge performed at the poets gathering. She has written more than 80 poems in her lifetime and has had two book of poems published and two CDs made.

In 1981 Marge's husband passed away and she moved to Chino Valley.

"Back then, I could saddle my horse and ride anywhere I wanted to, but now it's all houses and fences," Marge said.

"I was always happiest when I was 50 miles out of town. I really do miss my cows and my horses," she added.

Being an octogenarian doesn't seem to slow Marge down too much. It's only been six years since she stopped working cows in the spring and fall. She attributes her longevity to a love of life and a positive attitude.

When asked if she still rides, she said, "Any chance I get. I love just being on a horse," Marge said.

A few years ago at her church, Marge met another Bud (Woodhurst) and they have been married four years.

Although Marge doesn't perform at the poets gathering anymore, she is still busy writing her poetry. Last year she wrote a poem for the Prescott Rodeo called "Spirit Horse."

"What I like most about writing cowboy poetry is that it brings back a lot of happy memories of my life," Marge said.

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