Beverly Kent with the Lord

Bev Kent, center, was photographed on Easter Sunday, 2012. Her oldest daughter, Becky Kent Woolman, is at right and her husband, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., is at left.

The following was posted on the BMH Editor’s Blog on July 17, 2012.

Beverly Jane Kent of 305 6th Street, Winona Lake, Indiana, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2012, at 5 p.m. at Kosciusko Community Hospital of Warsaw, Indiana at the age of 82.

She was born on January 23, 1930, in Buena Park, California, to John Splawn Page and Eulah Nell (Bodine) Page. On August 1, 1953. she was married to Homer Austin Kent, Jr, who survives.

She attended Biola Bible Institute (Biola University) in La Mirada, California, where she received her degree in music. Beverly then was employed as a voice teacher at Grace College and Seminary of Winona Lake, Indiana, for 25 years. She was a member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake Literary Club, Grace College Faculty Women’s Club, and Women of Grace.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband: Homer Austin Kent (Winona Lake, Indiana); two daughters: Rebecca (husband Gary) Woolman (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Katherine (husband Mark) McCarthy (Columbus, Ohio); one son: Daniel (wife Lisa) Kent (Milton, Georgia); six Grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother: John S. Page (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho); and her sister: Virginia Rose (husband Norman) Rohrer (Franklin, Tennessee). She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister: Joanne Saffell.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 3- 5 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana.

Her funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana and officiated by Pastor Bruce Barlow. A private family burial take place Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw, Indiana.

Memorial donations in Beverly’s name may be directed to Grace College and Seminary, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 and would be appreciated by her family.

The following was posted on the BMH Editor’s Blog on July 16, 2012.

Beverly Kent, wife of former Grace College and Theological Seminary president Homer A. Kent, Jr., went to be with the Lord about 5 p.m. today. She had been in ill health for the past several years and was hospitalized over the weekend for congestive heart failure.

More details will be released as they become available. Mrs. Kent, originally from southern California, had a long and storied career in Winona Lake, Indiana, as her husband’s career progressed through being New Testament and Greek professor at the seminary, then as first lady when he was president, and later, in retirement. Mrs. Kent was well-known as a soprano soloist and voice teacher, having taught hundreds of Grace College students. She was very active at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, where she participated in the three-fold communion service as recently as July 8.



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