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Edna Ruth Trent


1913 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Edna Ruth Trent Obituary
Edna Ruth Trent of Pittsburg, KS, passed away peacefully and surrounded by family in her home on Friday, August 15th, just 10 days after turning 101. 

Everyone who knew her called her Hon, a nickname given to her by her son, Darrell when he was a toddler.  She was born to the late Jack and Ella Cavanaugh on August 5, 1913 on a farm in Stark City, Missouri.  She and her husband, Clarence Trent, moved to Pittsburg in 1940.

She met her husband at a church bake sale.  Clarence loved to tell the story about how he outbid her "then- boyfriend" to win a chance to share a pie with the beautiful young school teacher which eventually led to his winning her heart.  Hon's apple pies were second only to her special biscuits and gravy, guaranteed to put a smile on your face after a single bite.  They were married for 67 years, until Clarence passed away at the age of 92 in 2003.

Hon was smart.  She graduated valedictorian of her Midway High School class in 1934 and was a school teacher and a piano instructor.  After getting married, she and Clarence bought a trucking line, where she became the bookkeeper and office manager.  When some of the truck drivers went off to war in 1942, Hon didn't balk at getting behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler or delivering freight.  It was a well-known fact that she could "back-a-truck-up" better than most of the guys.  Trucking later evolved into a successful family real estate business.  If you had ever visited the Plaza Shopping Center across from PSU, you probably saw Hon who rarely missed a day of work and knew everyone by name. 

Hon was selfless.  Perhaps it was because she was only seven years old when her younger sister died of scarlet fever and left her as an only child.  Or perhaps it was because of her own difficult pregnancy, which resulted in her having only one child.  But Hon was all about others - teaching others, helping others and definitely feeding others.  She was so proud when her son graduated from Stanford University and later went to work for four U.S. Presidents rising to the rank of ambassador and Secretary of Transportation for Ronald Reagan.  But empty nesting was short-lived for these grandparents when her grandson, Michael, came to live with them as a teenager.  And with all their love, she and Clarence found renewed energy to raise yet another child. 

Hon loved her family and friends, but she also loved life.  She loved her canasta and pinnacle club ladies.  She loved going to Grand Lake on weekends.  She loved being a debate mom.  She loved quilting and crocheting.  She loved Christmas.  And as for the Kansas Food Wars, she had a hands-down preference for Chicken Mary's and would immediately launch into story about all the reasons why.

Hon celebrated her 100th birthday last year in grand fashion by having a big party and 3 pieces of cake.  She greeted every guest and read every card.  She made it to 101 years old and decided her work here is finally done.  Now she will go in peace, happily reunited with her beloved Clarence, undoubtedly with a pie in her hand.

She is survived by her son, Darrell Trent of Pittsburg, KS; three grandchildren: Michael (& Grace) Trent of Atlanta, GA, Derek Trent of Lake Tahoe, CA and Mercy Trent of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and four great-grandchildren. 

A service for Hon is set for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at the Brenner Mortuary, with Father Mike Baldwin conducting the service.  Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Pittsburg.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, at the Brenner Mortuary.  Friends may call at the funeral home to sign the register book after 10:00 a.m., Tuesday.  Friends may leave condolences online at www.brennermortuary.com.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg, KS
Published in Morning Sun on Aug. 17, 2014
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