Sophia Neiman Bent

Updated: 03 September 2006

Obituary of Sophia (Neiman) Bent probably from Marcellus News (NOTE: Some of the text is missing from the copy. If anyone has a copy of this obituary please send it to Jim Adams)
Submitted by Maxine Loraine Reiling Parish daughter of Sophia Ellen (Bent) Reiling & niece of Roxanna Arvilla (Bent) Adams:


Sophia (Neiman) Bent was born in Mechlenburg, Germany, Oct. 16, 1820 and passed quietly away at the home of her daughter near Three Rivers, June 4, 1905, aged 84 years, 7 months and 19 days. She was married to Geo. Bent in the year 1845, and moved to Michigan in the year 1854. For about two years they lived near Centerville, when they bought the farm in Flowerfield township, where they since lived, until one year ago last February, when they came to live with their daughter, Mrs. Mary Cross. Paralysis was the immediate cause of her death. At the age of 14 years she united with the German Lutheran Church. In 1856 she with her husband united with the Methodist Protestant church at the Bent appointment, Newberg circuit, and have always been true to God and the church, as they understood their duty.

Mr. Bent preceded his companion to their heavenly home but a little over a year. Mrs. Bent loved to talk of God’s wonderful care for her and hers. The home of this saint and her companion <<missing>> of the itinerant minister. Two children, Frederic Bent of Marcellus township and Mrs. Mary Cross of Lockport township, thirteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, a sister Mrs. John Smittendorf living near Williamsville in Cass County, and other distant relatives are left to mourn their loss. They have the sympathy of their host of friends and neighbors.

One by one of the early pioneer, is passing from this stage of action, and I trust, we who are left will emulate many excellent qualities of the deceased. She was always true to her conviction, and fearlessly stood for what she believed was right. Mrs. Bent, we believe, is now at rest, and we cannot wish her back, for we are sure our loss is her gain, and that she is in the enjoyment of that rest which remains for the children of God.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. C. L. Ellis assisted by Rev. Wm. Phelps June 6 at 2 o’clock p.m. at the home of her daughter. Interment was made in the Riverside Cemetery.

C.L. Ellis.