Edwards Funeral Home


Judy Ann Hutchinson Kientz

January 16, 1954April 2, 2021
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Judy Ann Hutchinson Kientz, 67, of Fort Smith passed from this life April 2, 2021 in Fort Smith. She was born January 16, 1954 in Albany, Georgia to Warner and Patricia Durshimer Hutchinson. Judy attended Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas where she earned a degree as a registered nurse. She then worked as an RN at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas where she met her future husband DR. John L. B. Kientz Jr. M.D. They were married in Temple, Texas in 1976 and moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1977 where she continued to work as an RN at Sparks Hospital and then taught nursing at Westark College.

Judy first retired in 1979 to raise her children but always maintained her RN license. For the next two decades Judy raised 3 children and kept a warm and loving home. After she returned to nursing, because as anyone who knew her could tell you, caring for others fulfilled her life.

She retired only after complications with her health prevented her from continuing to practice nursing. She then focused on spending as much time with her family and grandchildren as possible. Judy was a member of Fort Smith’s First Baptist Church and enjoyed playing tennis, good cups of tea and spoiling her grandchildren.

Judy is survived by her husband Dr. John Kientz; two sons John L. B. Kientz III “Jay” of Rogers, Arkansas and Jason W. Kientz of Fort Smith, Arkansas; her daughter Joy Kientz Armstrong of Fort Smith; two sisters Trudy Ogdon of Muldrow, Oklahoma and Cathy Jo Cutright of Stillwater, Oklahoma; her brother Keith Hutchinson of Longview, Texas; and three granddaughters Sydney and Addelyn Armstrong and Lucy Kientz, as well as a host of nieces , nephews and extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.

A memorial service will be 1PM April 10th, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Fort Smith. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


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Buddy Teale

April 21, 2021

Classy lady - always helpful.


April 17, 2021


Joy Ross

April 15, 2021

My heart is so sad upon hearing of Judy’s death too late to attend her service. What a wonderful, compassionate wife, mother and friend. I will always remember her friendship as being encouraging and edifying. I remember her sweet boys with such love as they came to my home for homeschool- so bright and alert as was their mother. My condolences to John and the rest of the family as this light has been extinguished in your family. Praise God we have another Hope! Joy Ross

Renda Brown

April 11, 2021

So sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to Dr Keintz and her children and grandchildren and the rest of her family. Judy was a sweet inspiration to me. When we worked together we always talked and laughed. She always left me feeling so encouraged about life. We loved to talk about our grandchildren. She adored her grandchildren so much. She was a great co-worker and friend. When she cared for her mother and law. I was caring for mine. We really drew strength from each other during that time. Very caring and wonderful nurse and friend

Jack Bettis

April 10, 2021

It was my privledge to be Judy's
Pastor. She was a fine, faithful member for The Oak Cliff Baptist Church in Ft. Smith.

Li bby Qualls

April 8, 2021

I worked with Judy for several years
We were great friends...Judy will be truly missed..🙏 for Dr. Kientz and family

Rochella Covey

April 7, 2021

My sincere condolences to you and your family. Fun memories of Mrs. Kientz when I attended Oak Cliff. She always had such a cheerful and joyful spirit! She will be greatly missed!

Joyce Newton

April 7, 2021

My sincere condolences to you Dr. Kientz & to all your families. May our God give you all the comfort that only He can give in these trying times ahead.
My prayers go with you all.

Joyce Newton, Pocola, Oklahoma

Toyua Russell Phillips

April 7, 2021

I have so many wonderful memories with Judy and her amazing family when we were young and invincible in Longview, Texas. Will see her again one day.

Ann Hatchett

April 7, 2021

I so enjoyed Judy when she attended Oakcliff. We spent many good times together. Memories flood my soul!!