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(August 7, 1927 – May 1, 2015)

Marilyn R. Kent, 87, of Midland went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 1, 2015. She passed away as she wanted, at home surrounded by family. Marilyn was born on August 7, 1927 in Bay City, Michigan, daughter of Ivan and Alice (Barrett) Rose. On August 21, 1948 she married Raymond W. Kent Jr. who preceded her in death on April 1, 1999.Marilyn had been a member of First Baptist Church of Midland since 1937. She enjoyed going to church, and just a few weeks ago mentioned how she looked forward to going back, but she is worshiping her Savior in Heaven with the angels now. Family and friends meant a lot to her, and she enjoyed playing games, especially Five Crowns, knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, reading and yard work. Another favorite past time was having breakfast at Big Boy, where she met many dear friends on weekday mornings. She also loved visiting with her neighbors on regular occasions, and they held a very special place in her heart. Especially dear friends Jane and Lane Dexter and Toni and Jack Hollenbeck.A scripture passage that meant al lot to Mom was John 14:1-6 ?Ç£Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father?ÇÖs house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. Thomas said to him, ?Ç£Lord, we don?ÇÖt know where you are going, so how can we know the way??Ç¥ Jesus answered, ?Ç£I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.?Ç¥ She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca (Vinod) Patel of Norcross Georgia, and her son Scott (Bethany) Kent of Midland, Michigan, by five grandchildren; Jessie (Phil) Matney, Nikhil Patel, Matthew (Rachel) Kent, Alyssa Kent, and Michael (Sharon) Kent. She also had three great-grandchildren; Julianna Stansbury, Nickolas Matney, and William Matney. Her sister Bonnie?ÇÖs six children also survive her, and were very dear to Marilyn, and she to them as well. Her Dog Kasey also brought her joy. In addition to her parents and her husband, Marilyn was also preceded in death by her sister, Bonnie Bidwell and very special friend, Marvin Andrews.Her generous spirit, sense of humor and kindness will be missed by us all.Marilyn?ÇÖs family would like to thank the people at Home and Hospice Advantage and Bayside Home Care, who helped her and them through the end of her life her on earth.A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at First Baptist Church 11:00 AM with Rev. David Brown officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 4-7 pm at Smith-Miner Funeral Home and on Thursday at the church from 10 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at Midland Memorial Gardens.Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to donate to First Baptist Church or the donor?ÇÖs favorite charity.Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.