Lomie Puckett, a policeman's widow who kept state workers at bay with a .30-caliber rifle after they tried to demolish one of her rental homes to clear a path for the Golden State Freeway, is dead.
Mrs. Puckett, who lost the battle to save her home in August, 1958, was 84 when she died in San Bernardino on Wednesday, said Louis Boros, a longtime friend.
For five days, Mrs. Puckett, who complained that the state had only offered her $8,000 for the house, one of 17 she owned, sat on the porch of the two-bedroom house just north of Riverside Drive near Griffith Park. Television and print reporters covered the skirmish in daily broadcasts and stories.
Mrs. Puckett said she did not really want the money. "If the state would go out and buy me a two-bedroom house comparable to this one, so I can rent it for income, I'd be perfectly happy."