KENT – Lizabeth Janet Kent passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017, at home, surrounded by family. She was 62 years old.
Lizabeth was born March 18, 1955, to Lee Alhandra and Doris A. Thompson (Red) in Durango, Colorado. She grew up in Ignacio and graduated from Ignacio High School.
Liz worked for the Southern Ute Police Department as a dispatcher; she attended the U.S. Indian Police Academy in Brigham City, UT, and returned to serve as a Tribal Patrol Officer.
She attended and graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and soon thereafter graduated from the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. Liz married Elwood Kent in 1979.
Mrs. Kent was an artist, beadworker, seamstress, calligrapher, and traditional artist. Most of all she was a loving Spouse, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Niece and friend. She loved spending time at the Casino and traveling to Pow-wows and Sundances where she sang. She loved to “go”, even on short trips and she was known for her annual family Christmas Party.
She is survived by her spouse: Elwood; daughters: Mabel Kent and Amelia Howe; Siblings: Evelyn Burch, Marge Barry, Denise Thompson, Willette Whiteskunk, Williamette deKay, Robert Thompson, Ian Thompson, and Tyson Thompson, all from Ignacio, and Glenda Alhandra, Fort Duchesne, UT; Her Birth Father: Lee Alhandra, Fort Duchesne; Step- Mother: Tami Weage and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.
She is preceded in death by a daughter: Eldina Kent; her mother: Doris Thompson; Father: William Thompson; and Brothers: William Thompson, Jr. and Leland Alhandra.
A rosary was recited on Monday, June 5, 2017 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church; A wake followed at the Kent home. A Mass was held Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Burial followed at Ouray Memorial Cemetery.