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Published November 26, 2012, 12:00 AM

Jill Kent

Jill Kent, 59, beloved mother, friend, sister, daughter, and midwife, passed away peacefully in Waterville, Maine with her children at her side on November 24, 2012. She died from complications related to a rare cancer, multiple myeloma. Jill is survived by her three brothers: Jon Kent, Michael Kent, and Miles Clark. She was much beloved by her six children: Darcy Shargo (husband Steve) of Palermo, ME; Kara White of Austin, TX; Cameron White of Pasadena, CA; Brendan White of Moorhead, MN; Ethan Kent of Portland, ME; and Duncan Kent-Hempeck of Hendrum, MN. She was also a loving grandmother to three grandchildren whom she adored: Emily Shargo, Connor Shargo and Madison White. Jill was born in Cottage Grove, OR and lived there as a small child. Her family then moved to Missouri where she graduated from high school in Independence, MO, in 1971.

Jill Kent

Jill Kent, 59, beloved mother, friend, sister, daughter, and midwife, passed away peacefully in Waterville, Maine with her children at her side on November 24, 2012. She died from complications related to a rare cancer, multiple myeloma. Jill is survived by her three brothers: Jon Kent, Michael Kent, and Miles Clark. She was much beloved by her six children: Darcy Shargo (husband Steve) of Palermo, ME; Kara White of Austin, TX; Cameron White of Pasadena, CA; Brendan White of Moorhead, MN; Ethan Kent of Portland, ME; and Duncan Kent-Hempeck of Hendrum, MN. She was also a loving grandmother to three grandchildren whom she adored: Emily Shargo, Connor Shargo and Madison White. Jill was born in Cottage Grove, OR and lived there as a small child. Her family then moved to Missouri where she graduated from high school in Independence, MO, in 1971.



In the early 1980s, Jill moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area and launched her career as a homebirth midwife. A trailblazer in the homebirth movement in Minnesota, Jill practiced as a direct entry midwife for over twenty five years. In 2002, she opened The Stork's Nest, the first free-standing birth center in Minnesota. She was also the first Certified Professional Midwife in the state of Minnesota to receive licensure after advocating for state licensing legislation for many years. She delivered hundreds of babies in the greater Fargo-Moorhead area before retiring to Maine in 2006. She was active in La Leche League, the Minnesota Midwives Guild, and the Midwives Alliance of North America. A summer service to celebrate her life will be held in June 2013 in the Fargo-Moorhead area.



In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to:

Midwives Alliance of North America

611 Pennsylvania Ave, SE #1700

Washington DC 20003-4303

Or visit www.mana.org

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