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KENT—Word has been received of the death of one of Kent’s longtime residents, Charlotte (Irving) Lindsey, who passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 2, at the home of her daughter, Polly Goddard, on Cape Cod where she had recently moved. 

In good spirits the day before she passed, she helped her daughter make a big pot of soup, excitedly rejoiced in wonderful news from her granddaughter, watched a silly Christmas movie and, as she set off down the hall for the night, she ordered her son-in-law and daughter to leave the kitchen alone as she would clean it in the morning, according to her daughter. 

But by morning, she had left this world and joined her beloved husband, Richard Lindsey, who died earlier this year. 

Many in Kent will remember her as a dedicated volunteer with many Kent organizations such as the Kent Center School Scholarship Fund, the Veterans Memorial Committee, which researched and built the memorial on Route 341 near Kent Volunteer Fire Department, the Kent Garden Club, the Kent Historical Society, and more. With Fran Johnson, she co-wrote One Small Town in World War II about Kent’s contribution to the war. She was passionate about honoring veterans and stood each year for several years to read a passage and hang a wreath on the monument at the traffic light. 

She loved Kent, having summered here since she was a small child, and moving here as a young adult. She often talked about having moved to her grandfather’s farm in South Kent as a 4-year-old while her father recovered from tuberculosis, it being one of her favorite memories. 

Moving away from Kent in recent months was hard for her but she maintained her connections. Indeed, her daughter said her last day was spent writing letters and emails to friends in Kent with news of her new life on Cape Cod and fond memories of her Kent friends. A card from the garden club sits beside her computer. 

A celebration of life will be held in the spring. 

Donations may be made in her memory to the KCS Scholarship Fund, https://www.kcssf.org/ or the Kent Historical Society, https://kenthistoricalsociety.org/.

A formal obituary will follow.

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