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article imageIn Rememberance: "La Reina",or "The Burro Lady"

By holyheroeshoning     Feb 24, 2007 in Travel
I just wanted to write a tribute to a local favorite. I just think it is a neat story of a life lived simply and adventurously.
If you have been around the west Texas area of Big Bend in the past 20 years or so you have probably heard of the legendary "burro lady" or "la reina".Judy Magers was her name though few knew that. She was seen camped on the side of the road in different towns around from Big Bend to Valentine to Sierra Blanca with her tarp tent and her cute little donkey, Merle, just like the day that she passed. I waited on her at a restaurant in Sierra Blanca, her final resting place, a time or two. She was a woman of few words, very low key and wore sunglasses so I could never see her eyes; yet it didn't scare me. It intrigued me as it did others. Who was she?
So many rumors flew around about her. I guess when you don't know about a person, and they don't say much of anything it is easier to make up what you don't know. Whatever the rumors were one thing was certain, she was a celebrity. Not in the sense of beauty but of bewilderment and mystery. When you saw her riding her packed mule with her poncho and cowboy hat and spurs, it brought you back in time. It was a great little piece of the old west walking by you in such modern times. She brought joy and amazement to people without saying a word. Not many can say they did that in their lifetime. She will be missed. She was survived by five childeren and is burried in Terlingua,Tx.
For more look at The Big Bend Sentinel
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