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Sydney Ann (Edwards) Kent


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Sydney Ann (Edwards) Kent Obituary
SWEETWATER – Sydney Ann Edwards Kent, 75, beloved wife, mother grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and teacher, died Monday, Mar. 7, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family and loved ones.
Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2016 at McCoy Funeral Home.
A memorial celebration will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016 at the Fourth and Elm Church of Christ in Sweetwater, with Ben Merenes officiating. Interment will follow at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sweetwater.
Sydney was born May 13, 1940 in Sweetwater. Her parents were Rigdon Edwards, Jr. and Mary Emma Anderson Edwards. She graduated from what was then Newman High School (now Sweetwater High School) as Salutatorian of the Class of 1958 and continued her education at Texas Tech. While she was at Texas Tech she was active in Kappa Kappa Gamma and was honored to be selected for Mortar Board.
She married Wendell Loy Kent on March 26, 1961 at First Methodist Church in Sweetwater. After she finished her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Texas Tech, she and Wendell moved back to Sweetwater where he was a teacher and farmer, and she was a homemaker and nurturer for their four active children.
During the time her children were growing up, Sydney was room mother, Girl Scout leader and Sunday school teacher, as well as helping with stock shows. Sydney began teaching school when her children were older. She taught for 20 years at Sweetwater Middle School and Sweetwater High School. She taught freshman English for many years and enjoyed being a chaperone for students on senior trips to Europe. Prior to her retirement in 2002, she was teaching business classes and was the sponsor for DECA.
Sydney was active in many community activities such as Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA), American Association of University Women (AAUW), Book Review Club and Athenaeum Club. She also enjoyed playing bridge with her friends.
Traveling was always a part of Sydney's life. She traveled all over the United States with her family when she was growing up. Later, she enjoyed RVing in Colorado with Wendell, her kids and later her grandchildren. After her retirement, Sydney and Wendell participated in Sojourner missions in the United States with friends from their church. In 2006 they traveled to Swaziland in Africa on a mission trip.
Sydney is survived by her husband of nearly 55 years, Wendell Kent of Sweetwater; sons, Kary Kent and wife Jennifer of Sweetwater and Keith Kent and wife Keely of Levelland; daughters, Karen Kent Hunt and husband Alfred Hunt of Sweetwater and Kristi Kent Settje and husband Dean Settje of Raymond, Neb.; sister, Sandra Edwards Spears and her husband Richard Spears of Sweetwater. She is also survived by nine grandchildren who lovingly call her Memaw: Kelsea Kent Moore, Kade Kent, Allison Hunt, Rachel Hunt, Michael Hunt, Zach Settje, Hannah Settje, Kenzee Kent and Emma Kent. Survivors also include her sister-in-law, Joyce Kent Faver and her husband Don Faver of Abilene, as well as several nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Sharon Edwards Bonds Mangrum; and her parents, Rigdon and Mary Emma Edwards.
The family would like to thank her devoted caretaker, Mary Lou Salcido, as well as the Compass Hospice team who has taken care of her.
Pallbearers will be sons-in-law, Al Hunt and Dean Settje and grandsons, Zach Settje, Michael Hunt, Kade Kent and K.J. Moore.
Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters, Kelsea Moore, Allison Hunt, Rachel Hunt, Hannah Settje, Kenzee Kent and Emma Kent.
Memorials can be directed to Cornerstone Christian School, Fourth and Elm Church of Christ, 400 Elm Street, Sweetwater, TX 79556, or a .
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com.
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on Mar. 9, 2016
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