Maggie Peterson, best known as “Charlene Darling” on The Andy Griffith Show, loved being part of that great show and the many friends and fans she’s made because of it.
We received the following note from Maggie's family. They've also posted this on her GoFundMe page. They ask that we share it with you here.
Dear Fans, Friends and Family,
We have some sad news to share with you. Maggie’s husband, Gus, passed away on December 9, 2021. He was surrounded by family and friends. This last year, Gus was not living with Maggie due to the Hospice Care he needed. Maggie was able to be with Gus and hold his hand before his death.
Maggie’s health conditions have not improved. She is no longer able to walk and is confined to a wheelchair. With limited use of her arms, Maggie is unable to provide daily tasks without help. We are grateful that she is currently living in a place that provides the care she needs.
We would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Allan and Jan Newsome, and Weaver’s Department Store for their continued support and care for Maggie.
We appreciate all the love Maggie receives from you. She is fortunate to have you in her life. I'm sorry that we will not be able to give out Maggie's current address for flowers but we promise to pass on all of your well-wishes and condolences.
**if you would like to mail a sympathy card to Maggie you can mail it to Weaver's & we will get it to her. Send to:
Weaver's Department Store, Attention Maggie Peterson
4800 Whitesburg Drive Suite 30 - 236 Huntsville, AL 35802
Weaver’s is teaming with Maggie and her family to bring you photographs and other items from her career. We are hopeful that you find a treasure that brings you the same joy that Maggie received being on The Andy Griffith Show. Maggie wants to share this collection rather that leaving it in a trunk. Maggie is not able to perform in person, so this is a way you can stay connected with her.
Maggie is residing in a senior assisted living facility. Since moving there, she has required additional care due to her chronic health conditions, limited mobility, and restricted use of her arms. These conditions make it impossible for her to live independently. This level of care increases the costs for Maggie.
As a fan who loves Maggie and certainly considers her a star, you might wonder about residuals from The Andy Griffith Show and where they might be. The Andy Griffith Show ended in the late sixties before residuals became what they are now. Residuals were paid for only the first three re-airings of episodes on which actors appeared. Maggie has not received a residual for her work on The Andy Griffith Show in more than fifty years.
Please look through the Maggie Peterson collection of photographs and other items. The photos are 8x10 inches and include Maggie’s autograph. Many are limited editions. All proceeds will go directly to helping Maggie.
If you would rather donate directly, or provide additional funds to Maggie, please consider going to the GoFundMe page for Maggie operated by her family.