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MONTPELIER - Edith Rairden (Rudd) Kent, 93, of Montpelier, died of natural causes June 4th at Westview Meadows, her home of the last 10 years, surrounded by her loving family.

Born October 5, 1920 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, Mrs. Kent was the daughter of Herbert Finley Rudd and Dr. Anna (Corlies) Rudd, who were working in higher education and medicine respectively. The family returned to the United States six months after Edith's birth and made their home in Durham, New Hampshire, where Edie graduated from Durham High School. She attended the New College, Columbia University, New York, and the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1942. She earned her master's in Nursing from Yale University in 1945.

During World War II she served with distinction in the Army Nurse Corps, attaining the rank of Second Lieutenant. While serving at Cushing General Hospital in Framingham, Massachusetts, she met her husband-to-be while he was a patient, having been wounded while serving with the 10th Mountain Division.

Edie married Hollister "Sam" Kent in Packard Falls, N.H. in 1947. Sam was the son of Ira Rich Kent and Louise Andrews Kent of Brookline, Mass. and Kent's Corner, Calais Vermont. They began their life together in Hempstead, N.Y. where Edith worked in public health for the Nassau County Dept. of Health and Sam worked in admissions at Hofstra University. Throughout the early 1950s the family was based in Ithaca, N.Y. while Sam worked on his Ph.D. in Urban Planning at Cornell University and Edie birthed and raised their four children. During this time, Sam's work took the family to Brazil and British Columbia, where in both places Edie utilized her nursing skills in the local communities influencing what would become a lifelong interest in community health care.

In Syracuse, N.Y., she continued her commitment to public health while working at Planned Parenthood and the New York State Mental Health Research Unit. In 1968 Sam's work brought them to Norwich, Vt., where Edith was instrumental in creating home health agencies in Vermont and New Hampshire while Sam consulted and taught at Dartmouth College.

Edie's life took a turn in 1974 when her husband died suddenly of a heart attack. Edie continued to raise her family, and then in 1979 with her children grown, she further expanded her education in California with the study of complementary healing practices, including acupressure and Reiki. She spent the next 25 years of her life in Montpelier, committed to alternative modes of healing, expanding her knowledge, and teaching as a Reiki Master. Through her private practice she not only treated many individuals, but trained others, working with local physicians, nurses and many alternative health care providers. She was an active member of the Vermont Massage Guild and Christ Church Episcopal, where she was a strong member of the choir. Over the last 10 years she has brightened her Westview Meadows family with healing, loving friendship, and a deep sense of community support. She will be missed by all.

Survivors include her son, Bruce Rairden Kent, and wife Daryl Janick Kent, of El Cerrito, California; daughter Polly Kent Campion and husband James Walsh Campion, of Etna, N.H.; son Timothy Rich Kent and wife Lisa Marcoux Kent, of Hyde Park, Vt; son Nicholas Coburn Kent and wife Amanda McQuiddy Kent; stepdaughter Margaret Ann Kent Wilkinson and husband Gregory Wilkinson, of Anchorage, Alaska; and six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She had seven nephews and six nieces. Her husband, her mother, her father, two brothers, William and Ralph Rudd, and sister Carol Rudd Ward preceded her in death.

A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, June 9 at 3 p.m. at Westview Meadows, Montpelier. A graveside memorial will be held later this summer for the family at Robinson Cemetery in Kent's Corner, Calais, Vt.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in memorial to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, The People's Health and Wellness Clinic in Barre, Vt., your local Planned Parenthood, or to one's favorite charity.

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Published in Times Argus from Jun. 8 to Jun. 9, 2014.
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September 26, 2020
I saw Edith (Edie) Kent for alternative healing work in the 1990’s in Montpelier when I was living in Calais, VT.

I have recently been thinking about and wondered about Edie. I am thankful to be able to learn more about her from her thoughtfully written and detailed obituary.

Interestingly, like Edie, I have also studied complementary alternative healing practices - including acupressure (Jin Shin Jyutsu) and Reiki and Intuitive Awareness work as well as A Course in Miracles - all of which reminds me of the work I did with Edie in the 1990’s.

At the time, I had no idea I would eventually study and practice the same holistic health modalities as Edie!

I am grateful that I met Edie and that I had a few healing sessions with her, and I wish I could talk to her today about her work.

Best wishes Edie!
Naomi Mitsuda
Acquaintance
September 26, 2020
I saw Edith (Edie) Kent for alternative healing work in the 1990’s in Montpelier when I was living in Calais, VT.

I have recently been thinking about and wondered about her. I am thankful to be able to learn more about her from her thoughtfully written and detailed obituary.

Interestingly, like Edie, I have also studied complementary alternative healing practices - including acupressure (Jin Shin Jyutsu) and Reiki and Intuitive Awareness work - all of which reminds me of the work I did with Edie in the 1990’s. At the time, I had no idea I would eventually studying and practicing the same or similar things as her!

I am grateful that I met Edie and had some healing sessions with her and I wish I could talk to her today about her work.
Naomi Mitsuda
Acquaintance
June 17, 2014
Edie truly was a wayshower in the holistic healing field. Her intelligence, focus, wisdom and compassion impacted me and my purpose and so many others. She was well loved. Her legacy lives on.
Lindy Sayward
June 11, 2014
What a wonderful life story! Edie introduced me to many new ways of living life; one of the most powerful was The Course in Miracles. I loved spending time with her when I lived in Montpelier; she was so lovely, loving, talented and modest. She kept the world in balance...what a force of nature. Rest in peace, Dear Edie, we loved you living and we love you now.
Bethany Knight
June 10, 2014
Dear Polly & Family, I was very saddened to hear of Edi's passing. During my time at Westview many of the residents became wonderful friends and Edith certainly was one I treasured! I enjoyed learning Reiki from her as well as receiving my own treatments. Please except my heartfelt condolences on the loss of this remarkable woman. Fondly, Jan
June 9, 2014
It was wonderful to be able to come for a visit a few years ago and see everyone. To give and get hugs in person. Grandma Kent was an amazing person. I never saw her without a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eye! I wish I could be there in person today and in the fall, but know I am there in spirit and each of you are in my thoughts and prayers especially today. I love you.
Lucy Keturi
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