Mary Catherine Zent, age 68, of Helena passed away on November 5, 2020. She was born on August 17, 1952 to Harold M. Zent and Mary Catherine Isaac Zent.
Mary lived the early years of her life in Hysham. There were seven brothers who thought that maybe she would be doing the washing and drying of dishes soon.
Mary was resident at Boulder River School from the age of seven until the school closed when she was 25. She found her way to four very special group homes in Helena. University Group Home, South Hills Group Home, Fern House, and finally to Hillside Group Home.
Mary had a unique ability to bring happiness and joy to staff and residents in all her homes. She had her routine, up early and her cup of coffee. She also assisted with making coffee and meal preparations as she was able.
Mary loved the daily activities going on the sheltered workshop, shopping, or practicing and participating in Special Olympics. There was dinner out and movies that group home friends enjoyed.
It goes without saying that the Group Home Manager and staff of all Mary’s homes had a great impact on her.
Mary’s last home, Hillside became a very special home. Mary had many medical needs that put extra requirements on the manager and staff.. they did it all with no complaints.
Managers, Amy and Lora were wonderful advocates for Mary. All staff treated the residents as if they were family, they will never know what a blessing it was to her brothers to know that staff were always there for her.
Mary is survived by brothers, John H. Zent of Spokane, WA., Timothy E. Zent (Becky) of Billings, MT.; sister in law, Jackie Zent (Matt), Phyllis (Richard), Kay Zent O’Donnell and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Matt Zent of Hysham, Ray Zent, Richard Zent of Spokane, WA., Gary Zent (Audrey) of Billings, MT, and James Zent of Hysham, MT.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Mont Hillside Group Home, 2708 Bozeman, Ave. Helena, MT 59601 or to a charity of your choice.