Kent Kent Deeda Orie Kent, who let her light shine through her Christian faith and deeds, entered into eternal life in heaven on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at the age of 84.

Services for Mrs. Kent were on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with pastor Rick Hertless officiating.

Mrs. Kent w ill be greatly missed by her family, church family and friends.

She will be remembered for her love of the Lord and her ability to encourage others through her daily witness to her Savior. Mrs. Kent was truly a woman in God’s service by daily reading her Bible and loved Proverbs 31:10-31. Her family celebrates knowing she is now sitting with angels singing songs of glory for eternity.

Deeda Kent was born Nov. 29, 1925, in Caldwell to Edd W. Ray and Callie Marcella (Jones) Ray.

She marr ied Rev. Clinton Arnold Kent in Caldwell in 1943.

Mrs. Kent was a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church and participated with the Meadowlark singers before her failing health.

She was known as a wonderful cook, especially her pies and Southern dishes.

Mrs. Kent loved gardening and working in her yard and landscaping with all the rocks she had collected over the years. She also loved to sew and created a patchwork of lasting memories for her family with all her quilts.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at the day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” II Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)

Mrs. Kent was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Rev. Clinton Arnold Kent; her parents, Edd and Callie Ray; and sisters Barbara Pricer and Bertie Zora Ray.

Survivors include a son, Clinton Kent and wife Cindy of Lake Whitney; daughters Caroline Matthews and husband Bill of Mexia, Janie Davis and husband Larry of Lacy-Lakeview; a twin brother David Ray of Rockdale; 10 grandchildren, Brian Matthews, Joe Matthews, Fred Matthews, Sarah Havard, Robin Zajac, Mike Davis, Jennifer Hylton, Cade Gordon, Cassie Arthur and Carrie Sommerfield; and 22 great-grandchildren, Megan Matthews, A lexis Matthews, Maggie Matthews, Millie Matthews, Molly Matthews, Zachary Matthews, Brayden Matthews, Sierra Matthews, Aaron Zajac, Ellie Davis, Toby Davis, Ashleigh Hylton, Ethan Hylton, Sarah Hylton, Bethany Cosda, Hannah Foster, Mason Arthur, Emma Grace Warren, Noah Warren, Ella Sommerfield, Dalton Jack Gordon and Luke Gordon.

Pallbearers included Mike Davis, Kenny Havard, Doug Hylton, Brian Matthews, Fred Matthews, Joe Matthews and Johnny Pricer.

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Meadowbrook Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the following: Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 1401 Colorado Ave., Rockdale, TX 76567; Providence Hospice of Mexia, 107 E. Commerce, Mexia, TX 76667; or the charity of your choice.

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