Margaret Flook Class 1932
of service U. S. Army Nurse
Ms. Flook's service number was N 702, which
indicates she was one of the first women to enlist
Entered service 1940
Remained in the Army until 1962 when she retired
with the rank of major while serving as Nursing
Service Education Coordinator at Fitzsimmons
Hospital in Colorado
Buried St Mark's Episcopal Cemetery, Petersville,
PETERSVILLE -- After decades of
travel and military service, Margaret
Flook, a self-proclaimed "unclaimed
treasure," was returned home yesterday for
a memorial service and burial at St.
Ms. Flook, a World War II veteran,
died at the age of 91 in East Aurora,
Colo. on July 1. She had Alzheimer's
Born in Petersville on Sept. 18,
1915, she enlisted in the Army Nursing
Corps in 1940. Ms. Flook's service number
was N 702, which indicates she was one of
the first women to enlist, said Bob
Hedges, one of her nephews.
Ms. Flook remained in the Army until
1962 when she retired with the rank of
major while serving as Nursing Service
Education Coordinator at Fitzsimmons
Hospital in Colorado.
She remained in Colorado because she
had a strong network of friends there,
most of whom she had served with, said
Chuck Hedges, another nephew.
Ms. Flook, along with other friends
who had never married, established a group
they called Unclaimed Treasures. Adele
Marchant, one of Ms. Flook's nieces, said
the group epitomized Ms. Flook's
"I think she had an extreme wit about
her -- a dry, but loving wit É She was
very charming at all times, but you also
knew when your borders were reached."
Travels near and far
Ms. Flook traveled far during her service.
After she retired she and her friends
continued to see the world.
She came east annually to visit
family members, Chuck Hedges said.
Because her aunt was a seasoned traveler,
Arianne Regester, another niece, said she
once asked Ms. Flook's opinion on whether
to go on a safari.
Ms. Regester said Ms. Flook's advice
was typical Margaret. She said, "'Save
your money -- go to the zoo, and look at
Ms. Flook also went to Israel,
Jerusalem, the Mediterranean and several
Scandinavian countries, Ms. Marchant said.
"She just loved knowledge. (She was)
one of these people who wanted to learn
Flook never stopped learning. She
graduated from Brunswick High School in
1932, and in 1937 received her registered
nurse diploma from Church Home and
Hospital in Baltimore. While in the Army,
Ms. Flook received a bachelor's degree in
science from the University of Minnesota
in 1953 and a master's degree from Trinity
University in San Antonio, Texas in 1955.
After retiring from the Army, Ms.
Flook was an assistant professor in the
School of Nursing at the University of
Colorado at Denver from 1962 to 1976.
While teaching, she co-authored the book
"Maternity Nursing Today."
Ms. Flook dedicated her career both
to the military and to children. She was
head nurse of the pediatric wards at
Walter Reed General Hospital in
Washington, Second Field Hospital in
Munich, Germany and Fitzsimmons Army