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Margaret Kelley Hanks

Margaret Davis Kelley Hanks passed away peacefully on December 28, 2018 in Yuma, AZ, after having a great Christmas with family, including having her favorite Mexican food, a margarita, and doing the dishes. Being anxious to reunite, she followed her husband of 62 years, Herb, just 4 months after he passed. She was never one to waste time.

Margaret was born on August 27, 1930 in Kansas City, MO to Jeff and Bertha Ward Kelley, was raised in Batesville, AR and graduated from Batesville High School. She and Herb were married in 1955, at which time they moved to Flagstaff, AZ where they lived for over 50 years. She was the oldest of six children and mother of five, and claimed to have “been raising babies her whole life.”

Our mother was a natural-born caretaker. She worked for a number of physicians in Flagstaff while raising her family, then joyously enrolled in the NAU nursing program (much to the chagrin of her college-aged children,) so that she could be a “real nurse”. After graduation – one of her and our proudest moments – she worked as an RN at Flagstaff Medical Center. A few years later, she found her true calling as a school nurse in the Flagstaff Unified School District, where she was not only able to use her nursing skills, but also mother the heck out of everyone.

After retiring, Margaret and Herb enjoyed many domestic and international pleasure trips, and had a great time seeing the world. They moved to Hot Springs Village, AR for 4 years, but resettled in Cornville, AZ in 2008. They were long-time members of Trinity Heights Methodist Church in Flagstaff and, after settling in the Verde Valley, Sedona United Methodist Church. Both of our parents were very involved in many community and church organizations, and gave back much more than they ever took.

Margaret is survived by her children, Brenna (Jerry) Paulin of Yuma, AZ, Terry (Peg) Hanks of Plant City, FL, Cheryl Mason of Hot Springs Village, AR, Jeff (Jan) Hanks of Jeffersonton, VA, Wayne Hanks of Flagstaff, AZ, and former daughter-in-law and friend Susan Hanks of Glendale, AZ; also 7 grandchildren, Ryan Duey, Kelley Paulin, Danika Anderson, Matt Paulin, Chelsea LaQua, Nate Hanks, and Taylor Mason, 7 great-grandchildren, brother Stan Kelley of Heber Springs, AR, many nephews, nieces and dear friends.

Our mother was known for her big heart, kindness, sense of humor, loyalty and unwavering friendship. In addition to those, she made the best fried peach pies on the planet, loved babies and old people, raced motorcycles at the mall arcade with her grandsons, and wanted it on record that she NEVER ONCE dyed her naturally dark hair. No matter how old you were or what season it was, if you stayed at her house she always came in at bedtime to make sure you had enough blankets. We miss her and are sad she’s gone.

Interment services will be planned for later in the spring at the Sedona United Methodist Church.

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