Virginia Ann Lee “Ginny” Hintz, 89, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at her home in Libby.

She was born June 20, 1930 in Santa Monica, California to Russell and Clara Lee.

She and her husband Robert W. Hintz moved from Anaheim, California, to Libby in 1972. Robert worked for Larry’s Furniture until his death in 1984.

Ginny managed the Park Apartments from 1972 until 1985. She opened the first pet shop “Wet Pets,” and located to two larger areas from 1975 – 1978. “Pheffer,” a trained pet squirrel, did many tricks on command and drew much attention.

Ginny was a volunteer counselor for the Pregnancy Care Center for six years and enjoyed helping many young women through situations and trials.

She also wrote the “Hintz Hints” column for the Montanian for many years, and gave helpful hints and ideas.

She loved animals and painting. Many of her oil and water color paintings are in Libby homes and businesses. She was a long time member of the Libby Fine Arts group. When she lived in California, she was also Girl Friday to the famous actor Dana Andrews, whose most noted movie was “Laura.”

Ginny was a member of Faith Bible Church for 19 years and was also a member of the Church of the Nazarene for the last many years.

Ginny’s great grand uncle was Robert E. Lee, general in the Civil War and she was related to Ensign John Conger of the Revolutionary War.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert W. Hintz.

Survivors include her children Kathleen Agundez, Kristeen Sonntag (Bill), William Mills and Jeri Lee Kohner, eight grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter.

Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Memorials may be made to the Pregnancy Care Center in her name. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.

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