Margie Lynn Inman, Famed Eccentric, Dies At 76
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) _ Margie Lynn Inman, who performed on the wings of airplanes in her youth and later battled local officials for the right to live simply in a lean-to with a menagerie of cats, dogs and even rats, has died at age 76.
Inman died Sept. 30, the day she was to have entered a nursing home after weeks of failing health, friends said.
She had performed with her husband, barnstorming pilot Rolley Roger Inman, as a wing-walker in the Inman Brothers Flying Circus, which was formed in the 1920s and continued flying until the late ’30s. He died in a crash in 1944.
Inman moved onto her property in a rural area west of Fort Lauderdale in the early 1970s.
When her house collapsed in 1976, Inman began living on the ground in a lean-to, catching rainwater to wash in and drink and spending much of her Social Security checks on food for her pet cats, dogs and rats, which she called ″my kids.′
Neighbors complained, especially about the rats, but Inman fought municipal and health department officials, and even a judge. They eventually backed down when people pitched in and helped Inman clean up her land.
Marie Larkins, Inman’s mail carrier for nearly a decade, says her dying request was to be cremated and have her ashes spread on her land. Larkins plans to take up a collection at the Davie post office to fulfill her wish.