Vivien I. Trent, 69, emergency room nurse

July 18, 2005

Vivien I. Trent, a retired nurse and public schools outreach worker, died of renal failure July 10 at Mariner Health of Catonsville. The longtime Jonquil Avenue resident was 69.

Born Vivien Iris Luck in White Hall, Va., she was raised on her family's farm. After graduating from high school in Charlottesville, Va., in the mid-1950s, she moved to Baltimore.

She worked as a nurse technician in the emergency rooms of Johns Hopkins Hospital and what is now St. Agnes HealthCare. In 1970, she became a liaison worker for Baltimore public schools; her goal was to help build better relationships between students' schools and homes. The program also promoted parents' involvement in their children's schools.

In addition to her work with city schools, Mrs. Trent continued to do private duty nursing until retiring in 1995.

"She helped so many people along the way with her genuine caring and compassion. During her healthier days, she always put the needs of others before her own," said her daughter Faith Bernardette Terrell of Randallstown.

Mrs. Trent enjoyed craft projects, cooking and entertaining, and working in her garden.

She was married for 31 years to Herman Jerome Trent, a construction worker, who died in 1998.

Mrs. Trent was a member of the Central Church of Christ, 4301 Woodridge Ave., where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. today.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Bernard A. Jerome of Baltimore; two other daughters, Evelina Noreen Trent and Sundra Anthonette Trent, both of Baltimore; three brothers, Carlton Luck of Esmont, Va., Roland Luck of Charlottesville and Eric Luck of Hershey, Pa.; two sisters, Ruth Mints of Baltimore and Angaleen Goodloe of Charlottesville; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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