On June 22, 2023, Belva Jean Kent (née Ellett), beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother peacefully returned to her heavenly home. She was 86 years old and led a full and wonderful life.
Belva was born on September 7, 1936 to Winona Bingham and Charles Lundquist, who later divorced. Winona remarried William Ellett, with whom Belva had a very strong father daughter bond. She was the second of five children.
Forged by the fires of adversity, she was admired for her capacity to love and endure to the end. She was an amazing, loving, forgiving, selfless, feisty, witty, devoted woman who touched many lives with her quiet faith, generosity of spirit, and grit. Notably, she had the rare and exceptional ability to weather the storms of life with love and compassion in her heart, and with a beautiful smile on her face. Belva embodied the counsel “come what may and love it.” She was a giver, nothing brought her greater joy than giving to others. There was always room at the dinner table, friends joined almost nightly. The front door was open to all and many who needed a place to stay were lovingly welcomed for as long as they needed. She had a smile for everyone and made friends easily. She loved to laugh and enjoyed long "catch up" phone calls with her sisters and many friends.
She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served in the Primary, the Relief Society and in Young Women, oh how she loved her Young Women! She would always say whichever calling she had at the time was the best!
Belva loved her Diet Pepsi - light or no ice, caramel pecan clusters and making salsa with fresh ingredients from her garden, which her husband diligently tended.. She was a wonderful cook and was renowned for her scrumptious homemade rolls, licorice caramels, and chocolate dessert. Belva learned to sew early in life and loved sewing her own clothes so she could keep up with the latest fashions. Her children and grandchildren also benefited from her talent.
Belva's exemplary life will serve as a beacon for her children, grandchildren and generations to come. She instilled the importance of unwavering faith and hard work as you face life's challenges. She reminded us all that "No matter how hard things are, it's worth it."
We wish to thank the incredible staff at Legacy House of Bountiful and Utah Home and Hospice for the professional, loving and unwavering care they provided her, they became like family and made a huge difference in all of our lives.
She is survived by her children: Trish Kent Moloney, Cloe Nixon (Joey), Aidan Moloney, Bingham Moloney, Ed Kent, Wil, (Kenzie), AJ Kauvaka, Evelyn Jo Blair Kent (Terri), Alex (Stephanie) Nash, Kanyon, Abi.
Bill’s children: Ryan Kent, Austin Kent (Candace) Alden, Conor, Cailin.
Step children: Kody Frederick, (Madeline), Fitzgerald, Seamus Matt Kent (Casey) Maddison, Savanna, Olivia.
Siblings Mahlon Lundquist (Nancy Marie), Nancy Jo Porter (Robert), CB Giles (Bill) and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her husband, H. Dean Kent, children Debi and Bill, grandson, Parker Kent, parents, William and Winona Ellett, brother David, and sister in law, Barbara Ellett.
We will celebrate her wonderful life on Thursday, June 29. The viewing will be at 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, with the funeral and celebration of life at 1:00 PM at the North Canyon 2nd Ward, 3350 South 100 East Bountiful, Utah 84010. The services will also be available via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/93131709121
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