Margaret Sell Hart


Margaret Sell Hart, 89, died Dec. 6, 2003 at Manzanita Manor, surrounded by family and friends.

She was born July 2, 1914 in Ludiwici, Ga., with an "itchy" foot that would lead her to make homes in Florida, Michigan, Colorado, Wyoming, California, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, Maryland, and her final home in Arizona.

Mrs. Hart also lived in Tokyo, Japan where she taught Western Culture and English Conversation at Tokyo Women's College and served as a volunteer at Tokyo General Hospital and the Akaban Orphanage.

In the Payson area, Mrs. Hart was the curator and tour guide of the Zane Grey Cabin Museum for many years. She was hired by the Goettl family, who began restoration of the Western writer's hunting lodge in 1963. (The museum, northeast of Payson, was later destroyed by the Dude Fire.) Mrs. Hart worked side by side with the Goettl family, and her knowledge of Grey's writing, as well as her charm and wit, brought national attention to the Arizona tourist attraction.

Prior to moving to Payson, Mrs. Hart spent many years working as liaison for the Navajo Nation in business and resource development, and manpower and housing. This work took her to Ft. Defiance, Gallup, Flagstaff and the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

Mrs. Hart will be laid to rest next to her husband, Dale, in a private ceremony. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Becker.

Arrangements by Messinger Mortuary and Paradise Memorial Gardens. Further information can be obtained by calling (480) 947-5759.

Donations can be made to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier St., Payson, AZ 85541.

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