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Margaret Hook Kintner

April 6, 1920 — June 23, 2019

Margaret Genevieve Hook Kintner passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the age of 99 in her long time home on Oak Creek. She was attended by her two daughters, Dorothy and Betty. Margaret was born Margaret Genevieve Sartwell on April 6, 1920, in Competition, Missouri. Her first husband, The Reverand George D. Hook, was called to be a Southern Baptist Missionary in Winslow, Arizona, where they lived from 1956 to 1968. At that time, Rev. Hook’s mission moved them to the Navajo Reservation at Leupp. He passed away there in February, 1971. They were married for 32 years.


But in the years prior, they had purchased a small cabin in Oak Creek Canyon to be their retirement home. George, being a carpenter/handyman/architect/mechanic, as well as a missionary to the Navajo Nation, had planned to expand the cabin to make it comfortable for visits from all the grandkids. So, Margaret moved to Sedona in 1972 and added onto the cabin in fulfillment of their original plans. The Oak Creek house has served very well for many family celebrations, the latest of which was a combination Mother’s Day and Margaret’s 99th birthday this past May when she enjoyed visits from most of her grandkids and several great-grandkids.


Margaret remarried in 1984 to Howard Kintner. Together, they enjoyed road trips in their RV and round dancing, sometimes combining those two activities by RV-ing to round dance festivals.


Margaret’s children would all declare that she was the glue of the family, making sure that Thanksgiving, Christmas and many other holidays were spent with her in the house on Oak Creek. During winter, that included fireside gatherings and mugs of spiced tea made from an old family recipe; in summer, splashing in the icy cold waters of Oak Creek and barbeques on the patio overlooking the Creek.


She spent her final months at her beloved home, watching the squirrels and birds at the feeders outside her windows. She loved all the wildlife in Oak Creek Canyon and made the decision to remain in her home during her final days. Her youngest daughter, Dorothy, stayed with her to take care of her and ensure her wishes were fulfilled.


She was, and is, much loved by her surviving children, son Robert L. Hook and his wife Beverly, daughters, Betty Flowers and Dorothy Hook. One daughter, Genevieve Wiley, predeceased Margaret in 1992 but gave her three beautiful grandchildren, Darlene Baetz, Brent Wiley and Angela Graham, who have provided Margaret with twelve great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Daughter Betty Flowers, has three children, Jason Tyler, Mindy Simpson and Benjamin Flowers and one great-grandchild. To all the grand-, great- and great-great grandchildren, Margaret is known endearingly as “Oak Creek Grandma” and they have all looked forward to family visits at the Oak Creek house. Oak Creek Grandma will be greatly missed by all.


Memorial services will be held at Wayside Chapel in Uptown Sedona on July 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.. Margaret will be interred adjacent to her second husband, Howard Kintner, at the Sedona Cemetery next Spring after the annual family celebration of Margaret’s birthday.

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