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 Irene Elphick Brent  (1916 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/North Carolina/New Jersey      Known for: painting

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Following are excerpts from the obituary of the artist from "The Times Tribune", Wilmington, North Carolina.

Irene Elphick Brent, 88, formerly of Clarks Summit, died Thursday at Spring Arbor of Wilmington, N.C. She was the widow of Edwin A. Brent, her husband of 55 years, who died Dec. 31. They were married in November 1949.

Born June 19, 1916, in Verona, N.J., daughter of the late Harold N. and Mary Ruth Smith Elphick, she was a 1933 graduate of Verona High School. Mrs. Brent first worked in the banking industry at Verona Trust and Watchung Title Companies, and became a personal assistant to Dorothy Thompson for several years.

At the onset of World War II, she worked as a riveter at an aircraft factory in New Jersey. In August 1943, she enlisted as a member of the U.S. Women's Army Corps, where she served for the duration of the war.

On the GI Bill after World War II, she attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she met her husband, Edwin. After they married, they spent the next three years abroad living in Oslo, Norway, and Paris, where she studied at the Grande Chaumiere Institute of Art.

Returning to the U.S., Mrs. Brent and her husband settled in Havertown, where they raised two children. During the 1970s and early 1980s, she was a personal assistant to L. Sprague and Catherine DeCamp, and was an active member of Annunciation Parish Church and its choir and women's club.

In 1988, she and her husband retired and relocated to Clarks Summit to live near her beloved sister, Betty. In Clarks Summit, she became an active member of Our Lady of the Snows Parish and served as president of the Abington Women's Club. In July 2004, she moved to the Wilmington (North Carolina) area to be near her son Steven and daughter-in-law Debbie, who reside at Carolina Beach.

She was an avid reader and bridge club enthusiast.

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