Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Friday

February 1, 2013

Donna M. Kent

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Donna M. Kent, 87, of the Heritage Green Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility, formerly of Blockville, N.Y., and Panama, N.Y., passed away at 7:16 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in W.C.A. Hospital.

An area resident for most of her life she was born March 22, 1925, in Kalamazoo, a daughter of the late Charles and Alice Chichester Struble.

Before her retirement years she had owned and operated the former Alice Lee Home for Adults in Ashville, N.Y., for many years. She was also a foster parent, caring for over 40 children for 20 years and also cared for the handicapped and disabled adults for over 30 years. During the 1950s she and her husband operated a restaurant in Ashville, N.Y., for several years.

She attended the Watts Flats United Methodist Church and was well known as an accomplished artist, painting many beautiful oil paintings over the years. She also taught oil painting classes and will be remembered for her love of animals, birds and spending time on the farm.

Surviving are her husband of 69 years, Albert L. Kent, whom she married Oct. 25, 1943, in Traverse City; her six children, Sue (Phil) Roller, of Blockville, N.Y., Alby (Dave) King, of Ashville, N.Y., Cindy (Jack) Lindquist, Bob (Margaret) Kent, James Kent, all of Jamestown, N.Y., and John (Penny) Kent, of Panama, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Struble, of Traverse City.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, Robert and Wayne Struble; and a sister, Glenna Linderleaf.

A private family service will be held in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Daniel Anderson will officiate. Burial will be in the Lake View Cemetery. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Panama Fire Department, 27 East Main St., Panama, NY 14767; or to the Salvation Army, 83 South Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Donna at

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