Marjorie Ann Kinkel (Margie), age 87 passed away Monday, February 28 in Nashville Tennessee, in a peaceful hospice setting. She was a 4 foot 11 inches tall, 98-pound mother of six, known by all to be a gifted storyteller with a significant wit. Her published book “Tales and Trails of a Girl With Squirrels” is now formally available through the Library of Congress.
Margie lived an extraordinary life as a ballet dancer, exceptional tennis player, backpacker, river runner, mountain climber and rescuer of abandoned baby birds. Her gifts included creating exquisite hand-stitched quilts, woven baskets in the fashion of the 1800’s, and the nearly lost art of Pysanky—decorated eggs with brilliant colors in tiny, detailed designs. As a young person, she earned state champion honors in flute and piccolo, was a self-taught gymnast and artist, and played the piano for family gatherings and singing events.
She always had a smile, cared deeply for her church, and could give you a song for just about any phrase you could come up with. Married to Donald Kinkel for 69 years, she truly loved her family. Even when Parkinson’s Disease robbed her of her ability to do many things, she was always there helping as best she could. Her husband Donald, her 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren will miss her deeply. That we should all give back to the world as she did, is our greatest challenge. She will be joyfully remembered by her family and her many friends.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret and Robert Gustin, her sister Sandy Schleicher and her daughter Wendy Kinkel. She is survived by her daughters Dr. Deborah Torgersen-Paul (Donald) and Vickie Roberts (Jeff), son Bryan Kinkel (Lisa) all of Nashville, her son Dr. Douglas Kinkel (Debbie) of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and her son Gregory Kinkel (Brenda) of Conifer, Colorado. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held 1:00 to 3:00 pm, March 11, 2022 at the Pavilion, Harpeth Hills Memory Garden, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN, 37221. If you prefer a donation in lieu of flowers, please consider one of two organizations, links listed below.