Barbara J. Kent – Shelburne

Barbara Jean Kent, longtime Shelburne resident, died June 19, 2012, at her home. She was born April 6, 1923, in Essex, the daughter of the late Harold and Mildred (Bixby) Adams. She grew up on Shelburne Farms where her father was employed and later in the family home in Shelburne Village. She was educated at the Shelburne Village School and attended Green Mountain College in Poultney. She married Parke V. V. Kent on June 19, 1943. She was widowed in 1963, and raised five children on her own. Barbara was employed by the Shelburne Creamery, Champlain Container, the Shelburne Country Store, and Shelburne Museum. Barbara loved her family, the outdoors, John Wayne movies, taking pictures, drives with her dog, sundown, and long walks, especially about the grounds of Shelburne Farms and Shelburne Museum. She was an active member of the Shelburne Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, typed the monthly newsletter, and put up the communion service. For decades she “tea-partied” on a regular basis with close friends, Mary Lou Sutherland and Mary Picard, and her sister Carol Adams. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Parke; her brother, Hugh Adams; and sister, Hilda Carpenter. She is survived by her sister, Carol Adams of Shelburne; children, Leslie Merrick and husband, Marvin, of Bluff City, Tenn., Valerie Bernard of Burlington, Christopher Kent, with whom she lived with and was cared for by, Jonathon and Julie Kent of Shelburne, and Nicholas and Patty LaRose Kent of Essex Junction; grandchildren, Wayne, Stefanie, Laura, Jessica, Eliza, Ian, Jeffery, and Michelle; great-granddaughter, Tania; great-grandson, Ronald, and a great-great- grandson, Hayden. Special thanks to Dr. Judith Steinberg and to the VNA for their dedication and compassion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482, and the VNA, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

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