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Caroline L Kent

Lakeland, Florida

April 30, 1940 - August 19, 2022

Caroline L Kent Obituary



Caroline “Carol” L. Kent, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 19th, 2022, in Lakeland, Florida.
 
Carol was born April 30, 1940 in Washington D.C., and moved to Somerset, PA with her parents when she was very young.  After graduating from Somerset Joint High School, she moved back to Maryland and worked in D.C. where she met Perry Hardin. After working together in the same office in D.C. they fell in love, and were married in Virginia and moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to raise a family.
 
Carol was a very proud Mom to 3 children, "Grams" to 2 grandchildren, Great Grandma to 5 and Grandmother to 4 Fur Baby pets.

She loved to sing and was a long-standing member of First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, FL. In addition to being a secretary, retail clerk & office manager, she was very resourceful and even learned to weld.

Carol had a true love for bowling and was a member of many bowling leagues throughout her whole life!  She had at least one perfect bowling score of 300 (if not more), which was an example of how she strived for perfection. She is pictured here after winning one of her many Blue Ribbon Medals in the Polk County Seniors Bowling League in 2010.  When she wasn’t bowling, she loved rooting for her favorite football teams: Oklahoma University and of course Alabama Football... "ROLL TIDE"! 

She won an award for 10 years of volunteer services for the 2nd largest air show in the world: SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo and Fly-In. She loved keeping her mind sharp by playing Scrabble and word games every day. She enjoyed cooking and had a real creative side that included: writing poetry, making beautiful quilts, tissue box covers, ornaments & designing custom jewelry. Her beautiful gift-wrapping skills were second to none and she had a wonderful ability to remember the smallest detail. 

Mom always had a fun joke to share and loved keeping in touch with family and friends.
Survivors include her children: Donald Hardin (Barbara) in Florida, Gregory Hardin, and Nancy Tedford in Alabama; her grandchildren: Riley (Tedford) Phillips in Mississippi & Grey Tedford (Mallory) in Maryland; grandchildren: Hayden Phillips, Jacob & Hudson Lenard; and Bays & Rivi Tedford; brothers: James (Jim) Fike (Maggie), John Fike (Tonia), Pastor Paul (Chick) Fike (Linda); and sister: Bonnie Hopkins; Brother-in-law: Rev. Kris Brinlee and Sister-in-law: Sheila Hopkins, Sharon Hays, Linda Smith and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
Carol was preceded in death by her husband: Tom Kent; her father: Paul Fike and stepmother: Violet Fike; her mother Caroline Hopkins and stepfather: Howard Hopkins; brother:Robert (Bob) Fike; sister: Peggy Brinlee; and brother: Glenn Hopkins and father to her children: Perry Hardin
 
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, August 26th, 2022 at 10am at Lakeland Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 2125 Bartow Rd, Lakeland, FL 33801, Tel: 863-686-2125

Condolences may be sent to the family at wecare@lakelandfuneralhome.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Caroline L Kent hosted by Lakeland Funeral Home.



Caroline “Carol” L. Kent, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 19th, 2022, in Lakeland, Florida.
 
Carol was born April 30, 1940 in Washington D.C., and moved to Somerset, PA with her parents when she was very young.  After graduating from Somerset Joint High School, she moved back to Maryland and worked in D.C. where she met Perry Hardin. After working together in the same office in D.C. they fell in love, and were married in Virginia and moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to raise a family.
 
Carol was a very proud Mom to 3 children, "Grams" to 2 grandchildren, Great Grandma to 5 and Grandmother to 4 Fur Baby pets.

She loved to sing and was a long-standing member of First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, FL. In addition to being a secretary, retail clerk & office manager, she was very resourceful and even learned to weld.

Carol had a true love for bowling and was a member of many bowling leagues throughout her whole life!  She had at least one perfect bowling score of 300 (if not more), which was an example of how she strived for perfection. She is pictured here after winning one of her many Blue Ribbon Medals in the Polk County Seniors Bowling League in 2010.  When she wasn’t bowling, she loved rooting for her favorite football teams: Oklahoma University and of course Alabama Football... "ROLL TIDE"! 

She won an award for 10 years of volunteer services for the 2nd largest air show in the world: SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo and Fly-In. She loved keeping her mind sharp by playing Scrabble and word games every day. She enjoyed cooking and had a real creative side that included: writing poetry, making beautiful quilts, tissue box covers, ornaments & designing custom jewelry. Her beautiful gift-wrapping skills were second to none and she had a wonderful ability to remember the smallest detail. 

Mom always had a fun joke to share and loved keeping in touch with family and friends.
Survivors include her children: Donald Hardin (Barbara) in Florida, Gregory Hardin, and Nancy Tedford in Alabama; her grandchildren: Riley (Tedford) Phillips in Mississippi & Grey Tedford (Mallory) in Maryland; grandchildren: Hayden Phillips, Jacob & Hudson Lenard; and Bays & Rivi Tedford; brothers: James (Jim) Fike (Maggie), John Fike (Tonia), Pastor Paul (Chick) Fike (Linda); and sister: Bonnie Hopkins; Brother-in-law: Rev. Kris Brinlee and Sister-in-law: Sheila Hopkins, Sharon Hays, Linda Smith and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
Carol was preceded in death by her husband: Tom Kent; her father: Paul Fike and stepmother: Violet Fike; her mother Caroline Hopkins and stepfather: Howard Hopkins; brother:Robert (Bob) Fike; sister: Peggy Brinlee; and brother: Glenn Hopkins and father to her children: Perry Hardin
 
A Memorial Service will be held Friday, August 26th, 2022 at 10am at Lakeland Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 2125 Bartow Rd, Lakeland, FL 33801, Tel: 863-686-2125

Condolences may be sent to the family at wecare@lakelandfuneralhome.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Caroline L Kent hosted by Lakeland Funeral Home.

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