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Dora Beatrice Kent
Submitted by: Wanda Purcell

Dora Beatrice Kent was born the youngest of 12 children to O.S. and Gracie Watson on a farm near Rocky, Oklahoma on October 11, 1932. Dora B. moved to the Leedey community with her parents and family when she was three years old. She attended Leedey schools and moved to Butler, Oklahoma in the middle of her senior year where she graduated from Butler High School in 1950. Dora B. married Gene Mouse on July 27, 1951 in Leedey. They had two children, Terri Margene and Monte Lynn. Dora B. was a godly woman of great courage. She survived the Leedey tornado in 1947 and the unexpected death of her husband, Gene, 1971. She instilled faith in her children and comforted them with her strong belief that god causes all things to work togeether for the good of those who love Him. Dora B. and her children were richly blessed when she married Dean Kent on August 3, 1973 in Arapaho, Oklahoma. They lived in Arapaho until Dora B. retired from the Custer County Treasuer's Office in 1982.
Dora B. was a true "keeper of the home." She and Dean were successful in blending two families into one. Dora enjoyed seeing that her family was pampered and loved. Dean brought two sons, Dan and Chris, into the family and Dora and Dean would always say that each of them had adopted two children but they just couldn't remember which two! All of their children knew how much they were loved and Dora B. had a unique gift making each one feel special. She loved to cook and her children and grandchildren have many fond memories of sitting at her table and enjoying their favorite foods prepared by their "favoite" one. Realizing that her family would need her advice in the kitchen in furture generations, Dora B. wrote a cookbook entitled, "Kent's Kourntry Kitchen" in 1993. Many people in Western Oklahoma as well as across the country have benefited from her desire to bless her family with her love for the Lord and her fove for the good food. Heprovided. Dora B. loved to work with her hands and amde quilts for each of her children as well as all of her ten grandchildren. Dors B.'s family will treasure these gifts of her hands and her heart for many generations to come. She also enjoyed making decorated cakes for brithdays and anniversaries. Dora B. always went the "extra mile" for everyone. She once carried a decorated cake on her lap from Elk City to Mexico City, Mexico, to surprise her daughter who lived there. As a member of the Elk City Homemakers Club, Dora B. participated in activities to improve her home and her community. She took great pleasure in serving others and she believed that if something was worth doing it was worth doing right!
Dora B. was a member of the Second and Adams Church of Christ in Elk City, Oklahoma. She taught children's Bible classes and helped with Ladies' Day programs. Dora B. considered it a special blessing to be able to provide homemade rolls for funeral dinners. She delivered meals for Meals on Wheels in the Elk City area. Dora B. was an encourager and a listener. She always had time for anyone who needed her kind and thoughtful attention.
Dora B. passed from the arms of her family into the arms of her Lord on October 17, 2001, in her home. Dora B. will forever be loved and highly esteemed by those she has left to honor her life. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend, Dean. Her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Terry Fanning of Lubbock, Texas. Her sons and daughters-in-law, Monte and Danna Kent of Arapaho, Oklahoma, Dan and Cheryl Kent of Enid, Oklahoma, and Chris and Brenda Kent of Huntington Beach, California. Her grandchildren, justin and Jessica Kent of Laredo, Texas, Kirk and Margaret Fanning of lubbock, Texas, Gina and Bryce Thornton of Enid, Oklahoma, Jamie and Aaron Cravy of Lubbock, Texas, Katie and Kara Kent of Huntington Beach, California and Lynsi, Taylor and Connder Kent of Arapaho, Oklahoma. Her great grandchildren, Caden Kent of Laredo, Texas, Brett Ghornton of Enid, Oklahoma and Jaden Fanning of Lubbock, Texas. Her brother, Roy Watson of Oklahoma City and her sisters, Fannie Bell Baker of Butler, Oklahoma, Vera Bailey and Icie Mae Watson of Leedey, Oklahoma, Betty Jo Mashburn of Durant, Oklahoma and Vesta Warden of Palm Springs, Oklahoma as well as a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Troy, Carl, Foy and Ricky Watson, and one sister, Velma Stroud.
A celectration of Dora B.'s life was held on Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at the Second and Adams Church of Christ in Elk City, Oklahoma, with Terry Fanning officiating and assisted by Tom Harguess. Burial was in the Berlin Cemetery, Berlin, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma under the direction of Whinery-Savage Funeral service, Elk City. At Dors B's request, the casket was closed at her service but was open at the funeral home until the service time. Dora B. has requested that any memorials be made to Sunset international Bible Institute, 3723 34 Street, Lubbock, Texas 79410.

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