Marie E. Bent, a former nurse and interior decorating shop owner, died of a cerebral hemorrhage Aug. 28 at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 91.
Born Marie E. Hickstein in Ceballos, Cuba, and raised on the Buena Vista farm in Talbot County, she was a 1932 graduate of St. Michaels High School. She earned a diploma at the Delaware Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington.
Her marriage in 1942 to Lloyd A. Cherbonnier ended in divorce. In 1964, she married Harvey E. Gannon, who died in 1969. In 1977, she married David F. Bent, who died in 1982.
She worked as a registered nurse in Wilmington and Easton. In the 1960s, she started an interior decorating business in Easton called The Cherbonnier Shop, which she operated for many years. She often made curtains and slipcovers for her clients.
She sang in the choir of the Royal Oak Community Methodist Church for many years and also belonged to the Sweet Adelines.
She moved to Baltimore in 1987 and lived in the Highfield House in North Baltimore before moving to Broadmead in 1992.
Family members described Mrs. Bent as a cheerful and industrious person who was happiest when sewing. They said she continued taking on decorating projects for clients into her 80s. She also enjoyed ceramics and painting in oils and watercolors. Her artwork was exhibited at Broadmead.
A life celebration service was held Saturday at Broadmead.
Survivors include a son, Marc O. Cherbonnier of Cockeysville; two daughters, Anita E.C. Farrell of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Alice C. Cherbonnier of Towson; two stepsons, David Bent and James Bent, both of Easton; three stepdaughters, Billie Ann Wilkinson of Germantown, Edna B. Price of Conroe, Texas, and Sandra B. Tuttle of Middletown, Del.; and a grandson.