Evelyn's Story

SWANS ISLAND - Evelyn Ernestine "Teenie" Withee Kent, 90, of Swans Island, died in Deer Isle, June 8 2014. Teenie was born Jan. 14, 1924 on Swans Island. She was the oldest daughter of Ernest Roger Withee and Nora Evelyn Billings Withee.

Ernestine is predeceased by husband, Richard, sisters, Shirley and Margie, brother, Leland and his twin sister, Lelia, who died at birth, and great-granddaughter, Delaney Anne Williams. Teenie is survived by four children, Richard "Dick" Kent Jr., Douglas Kent, Marcia Kent de la Haye, and Julie Kent. The family has grown over the years to Dick's wife, Becky, Doug's wife, Jo-Ann, Marcia's husband, Ray, 10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Beulah and many nieces and nephews.

Teenie had the great joy of spending her last months with her sister, Beulah, as they were both residents at the assisted living facility of The Island Nursing Home. Her growing up years were spent on Swans Island and things were very hard during The Depression. Several of her father's family members lived with them so there was not a lot to go around. Teenie moved to Portland in her late teens with her family. This was during the war years and she found work in the Firestone Tire Factory. After the war Teenie moved back to Swans Island and found work with a summer family. Richard Kent had a car and at times noticed Teenie walking to work. Soon, he planned his rides around the place and times of her schedule! They were married on November 10, 1948. Teenie has been a busy and involved person throughout her life. While raising her family she was a faithful member for 40 years at the Advent Christian Church in Minturn, Maine. She taught Sunday School for many years, she was a member of the Women's Home And Foreign Mission Society, and she helped with youth groups and many other activities at the church. In the late 1960s and into the 1970s she had her own business, a bakery called The Bread Basket. She was known for her talent as a baker of homemade breads, pies and especially her CINNAMON ROLLS. The local stores would call very often to find out when the bread would be ready. The day before the 4th of July would find her making dozens and dozens of pies for the town's picnic. Through the years Teenie also did book keeping for Richard's numerous businesses and picked crab meat that was sold at her brother-in-law's store. She sewed clothes for her children, knit, crocheted and made quilts for the Mission Society. Her home was always warm and welcoming. She was a great hostess and graciously fed all who came through her door, whether it be her family visiting for the summer, her husband's friends, or her children's friends from high school that were home for the weekend. In the summer/fall of 1986 Richard and Teenie sold their home on Swans Island and moved to the mainland. They eventually settled in Ellsworth where she attended United Baptist Church. Her kindness and generosity blessed her friends and neighbors. In 2010 Teenie moved to the Island Nursing Home in Deer Isle, where she received the best of care from a loving staff! She continued to be involved in her children's lives. She loved all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly and was quick to pray for them. Her strong faith was an example to many.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, June 13 at the United Baptist Church in Ellsworth. Arrangements provided by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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