Margaret Pierce Dent, 90, member of bar, homemaker

April 19, 2002

Margaret Pierce Dent, a law school graduate, equal-rights advocate and full-time homemaker, died Saturday at her Kingsville home of complications related to emphysema. She was 90.

A Michigan native, she graduated third in her class from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1936 and became a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, but was unable to practice law because she was a woman. She later worked as a legal secretary and for the Social Security Administration.

She met her husband, Walter P. Dent Jr., now a retired sales manager for Fireline Corp., on a blind date in 1937. They were married for 64 years and lived in Kingsville most of their lives.

"My mom was a women's libber long before it became popular," said a daughter, Winifred Dent Pierce of Fort Mill, S.C. "You can always stand up for what is right. She taught us that you can do anything you want to do."

A son, Walter P. Dent III of Baltimore, added, "My mother taught us to be responsible and to apply ourselves. We wouldn't be the determined kind of people we are if not for our mother."

Mrs. Dent was active in the community when her children were young, was an avid reader, enjoyed baseball and gardening, and was interested in the stock market.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at St. John's Episcopal Church, 11901 Belair Road, Kingsville.

Survivors also include another son and daughter, John Marshall Dent and Anayezuka Ahidiana, who changed her name from Margaret Pierce Dent, both of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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