Marjorie Wood Kent, a woman who was active in her community, church, and devoted to her family passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 20, 2018. She was 92 years old. Marjorie was born in Beverly, Massachusetts the daughter of Henry and Amy Wood. Her family owned a series of neighborhood markets along the Massachusetts coast. Her favorite time was while the family lived on Ring Island in Amesbury. She graduated from Amesbury High School and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business at Boston University graduating Summa Cum Laude. She worked as a teacher’s assistant at the Clark Junior High School in Lexington for over 10 years as her children grew up.
Marjorie was deeply involved in her church and the community of Lexington. She and John moved to Lexington in 1952. Hancock United Church of Christ became an important part Marjorie’s and John’s community. She was an active parishioner, taught religious education, served as treasurer, and was a proud member of the church’s Handbell Group. She was a longtime member of the Lexington Historical Society and volunteered at the historic Buckman Tavern Museum located on Lexington Common. She was also a longtime member and Past President of the Lexington Garden Club as well as being an active member of a book group.
For most of her life, Marjorie’s home was a place for her family to gather for meals and conversation. There was always a place for an extra visitor or two. She and John were happiest with a full group around the table.
Marjorie was very curious about history and the world. After John’s retirement, they became regulars on the river boat cruises in the United States. They also participated in many Elderhostel trips and even took their grandchildren on several. As their travel became closer to home, they particularly enjoyed their stays at Pilgrim Pines in New Hampshire
Marjorie was the beloved wife of John C. Kent who pre-deceased her. They were married for 62 years. She was the loving mother of Janet Cocchiaro & her husband Richard of Holderness, NH, Stanley Kent & his companion Kitty Forbes of Lexington, Donald Kent of Woburn, and Amy Barnes & her husband David of Bolton. She was the proud grandmother of Scott & Paul Cocchiaro and Daniel & Emily Barnes. She also a loving aunt to many nephews and nieces. She always enjoyed their visits.
She was predeceased by her brothers; Harold, Edward, Robert and Richard Wood.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Hancock United Church of Christ, Lexington on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marjorie’s name may be made to the Hancock United Church of Christ (For the Bell Ringers Fund), 1912 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02421. Arrangements by the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, Burlington. For directions obituary & online guestbook see www.hancockchurch.org or www.sullivanfuneralhome.net