Bette Joyce Kent Walden


Bette Joyce Kent Walden, 70, of Seymour passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016, at IU Medical Center in Indianapolis after a brief illness.

Born May 4, 1946, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of Edward R. and Doris E. Stevens Kent, both of whom preceded her in death. On Nov. 2, 1974, she married Billy Ray Walden, who survives in Evansville.

Bette attended Bloomington High School before graduating in 1964 from University High School in Bloomington. She attended Indiana University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1968. After graduating, she taught two years at Edgewood High School while returning to Indiana University, completing her master’s degree in library sciences in 1970. Bette went on to work at the University of Southern Indiana for 25 years, teaching and retiring as director of library services.

Bette enjoyed reading, history and watching IU basketball. She was a caring compassionate person who never knew a stranger. Her topics of conversation extended to everyone she met. Her passion for books and reading caused her to amass a tremendous personal library. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Other survivors include two brothers, Bob (Mary Jo) Kent and Tom (Diana) Kent of North Vernon; two sisters, Mary Beth (Randy) Woods of Bloomington and Nancy Kent of Seymour; 14 nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and -nephews.

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville. Interment will be at Duncan Cemetery in Brown County.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from noon until time of service Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Dr. Jane’s Latin American Mission.

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