Janet Willburn Kent

1949 to 2015


Janet Willburn Kent passed away on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 at her home in Victoria, TX in the company of dear friends. Janet was born to John A. Willburn and Marguerite Owens Willburn on Feb. 7, 1949 in Pueblo, Colo.

Growing up in Las Animas, Colo., Janet attended the Presbyterian Church and completed her K-12 education, graduating in l967. She enrolled at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo. majoring in education and received her BA degree in l972. She married John Kent in 1969 while he was serving in the Army in Vietnam. Janet taught school in Moffatt, Colo. awaiting his discharge. In 1974 they lost a child at birth. Several years later the couple divorced.

Janet enrolled at Denver University receiving her MA degree in library science and was employed by the public library in Victoria, TX. After several years she moved to Blytheville, Ark. where she taught in a country school and worked in a local bookstore. She enrolled in Arkansas State University updating her credentials.

After the death of her mother she worked in Walsh, Colo. for three years as their school librarian before moving to Sidney, where she worked at the Book Corner until she was hired as director of the Sidney Public Library. After a few years in that position she returned to Victoria, TX and the library and her friends in Texas. Janet retired in 2014.

Janet loved to read and was always searching for new authors and good reads she could share with family and friends. She was happiest when she could help others become avid readers and enjoyed guiding their selections through the variety of authors.

Janet Kent was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Maynard, a nephew, Edward, and her child.

She is survived by a sister, Peggy (Ronald) Morehead of Blytheville, Ark.; a brother, Bill (Jean) Willburn of Sidney, and eleven nieces and nephews.

Janet chose cremation and burial will be at Crestone, Colo. at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the local chapter of DAR, the Hospice of Victoria, or Friends of the Library in Victoria, TX.


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