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In Memoriam: Gail Kent (June 21, 1949 – Jan. 3, 2023)

Gail Kent

Gail Kent, 73, of Silverton, Oregon  peacefully passed away in her home on Jan. 3, 2023. Gail was born on June 21, 1949 to Jack Larson and Dorene Smith in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from West Seattle High School in 1967 and would later go on to study at College of the Redwoods. 

Gail most recently worked for the State of Oregon as an Executive Support Specialist for the Oregon Department of Human Services from 2012-2023. 

An avid gardener and reader, Gail was a wealth of knowledge whom friends and family relied upon when needing a question answered or an empty flower bed filled. She passionately rooted for the Portland Trail Blazers, never missing out on watching a game or engaging in conversation about the team with anyone who would listen.  

Gail is survived by her three children, Garrett Anderson, Jed (Junko) Kent, and Jordan (Kevin) Zade; her four grandchildren, Gracie, Avery, Isla, and Luka; and her brother, Gary Larson. 

Gail was a loving and supportive mother, always ready to champion the causes of each of her children. She celebrated their successes with such pride, and stood with them in support during their failures. Her needs were always placed second to those of her family, and she refused to have it any other way. 

Gail’s greatest joy in life was time spent with her grandchildren. She treasured each child and prioritized quality time with them above all else. She never missed a school program, sports event, concert, or fundraiser. She looked forward to art projects with Gracie, dance parties with Avery, reading books with Isla, and snuggles with Luka. 

Services will be held for Gail on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 at Oak Street Church at 502 Oak St., Silverton at 2 p.m. Flowers may be sent to Unger’s Funeral Chapel at 229 Mill St., Silverton, OR 97381.

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