Memorial services for Jacquelyn Burt Kent, “Jackie”, 85, recently of Bedford, TX and formally a long time resident of Greenville, MS will be at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 6 at First United Methodist Church, Greenville. She passed away peacefully on August 3 while hospitalized in Grapevine, TX. Arrangements are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.
Born in Lynnville, Kentucky to Ben and Ova Burt on August 15, 1930, Jackie lived outside of Cuba, Kentucky and went to school at Cuba Consolidated Schools. Upon graduating in May 1949, she was accepted into the School of Nursing at Kings Daughters Hospital in Greenville, Mississippi, where she received a Diploma in Nursing in August 1953, and obtained her Registered Nursing License in September 1953.
Jackie worked several years as a Surgical Nurse for General Hospital, now known as Delta Regional Medical Center, after which she worked as an Occupational Nurse at Greenville Mills for 26 years. Upon leaving Greenville Mills, Jackie returned to the hospital as a Registered Nurse and worked at Kings Daughters Hospital for 16 years before retirement from full time nursing. In retirement Jackie worked as relief nurse at Arnold Avenue Nursing Home.
In September 1950 Jackie met Benny Kent of Greenville and married him on June 21, 1953. Jackie and Benny, with their three children, lived a happy and productive family life in Greenville until moving to Texas in June 2016.
Jackie is preceded in death by her father and mother Ben and Ova (Holmes) Burt. She is survived by her husband Benny Kent of Bedford, Texas; a sister Mary Lou Kindred of Paducah, Kentucky; her three children Jimmy Kent (Dana Derrow) of Greenville, Cindy Slaydon (Mike Slaydon) of Colleyville, Texas, Mike Kent (Stephanie Mixon) of Oxford, Mississippi; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
As an active member in First United Methodist Church for all her years in Greenville, Jackie enjoyed the church, her Sunday school class, her circle, and other functions.
Jackie loved being a Registered Nurse and helping others who were in need. Her family, friends and nursing were her joys in life.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude for all those who have and do celebrate Jackie’s life with them.