Margaret Kuykendall, 94, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Margaret was born in Mount Pleasant, Texas to James Guy and Lillian Edith Bell on March 1, 1922. Her family moved to Phoenix in 1925. She attended Adams School, later called Grace Court School, and was graduated from Phoenix Union High School. She married the love of her life, Stan Kuykendall in 1940. Stan became an air traffic controller during WW II and then worked as an air traffic control supervisor at Sky Harbor Airport until his death in 1961. Margaret was a homemaker until after the passing of her husband, and then had a career at the U.S. Postal Service where she received many awards for her dedicated service. Margaret worked at the Postal Service until her retirement. Margaret was an active member of Encanto Community Church and a past member of the R.O.N.S. Club where she had many friends. In her early years she loved boating and water skiing, and later enjoyed travel, especially with family and friends. Her best times were the summer vacations in San Diego with family and friends. Margaret was preceded in death by husband Stan, her parents, Guy and Lillian, two brothers, Cecil and J.T. and four sisters, Bernice Bell, Edith Richardson, Evelyn Caudill, and Vonnie Jensen. Margaret is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Mike Spector, and her son, James Kuykendall, both of Phoenix, as well as 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Margaret loved people and gave unconditional love to her family and friends. She always had a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone, and she will be sorely missed. Visitation will be held at A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary Bethany Chapel in Phoenix on Tuesday, March 22nd from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 23rd at 12:00
noon. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn & Cemetery. Flowers are welcome; however, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Encanto Community Church, 2710 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007, in memory of Margaret Kuykendall.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2016