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Secondary education educator

Catherine Gale Dent, American Secondary education educator. License funeral director; certified secondary teacher, Missouri. Recipient Children's award Cosmopolitan Club; named to Outstanding Young Women in American, 1985.


Dent, Catherine Gale was born on April 20, 1953 in Salem, Missouri, United States. Daughter of James Ferguson and Virgina Gale (Martin) Dent.


Student, University Missouri, 1971—1974. Student, University Missouri, 1991—2005. Student, Longview Community College, Lee's Summit, Missouri, 1975.

Student, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri, 1985. Bachelor in Liberal studies, Thomas Edison State College. Master of Science in Educational Counseling, Columbia State University, 1997.

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration, Columbia State University, 1997. Master of Arts in Education, University of Phoenix, 2003.


Feature writer, reporter, Dent County Headliner, 1972-1974;accounting clerk, Association of Unity Churches, Unity Village, Missouri, 1974-1977;graphic artist, The Salem News, 1979;administrative assistant, Ozark Lead Company-Kennecott Corporation, Sweetwater, Missouri, 1979-1982;church organist, United Methodist Church, Salem, 1977-1997;music teacher, Salem, since 1983;substitute teacher, Salem R-80 School District, since 1991;owner, Dent LLC.


  • License funeral director. Certified secondary teacher, Missouri.


God wants to see people productive, creative, useful, and supremely happy, within an environment of spiritual perfection, health, peace, and love.


The state should not attempt to control the church, nor should the church seek to dominate the state. The separation of church and state should not be misconstrued as the abolition of all religious expression from public life.


As human beings people are a part of a cruel and violent and unjust world that feels like it cannot be changed. By accepting forgiveness and liberation, God enables to resist evil and to live life that can make this world a better place.


Board directors Salem Arts Council, since 1984. Manager Salem Community Jazz Band, since 1985. Accompanist Salem Community Choir, since 1984, Salem R-80 School Systems Music Department, since 1990.

Director Temple Carillons Handbell Choir, Salem, 1985-1994. Secretary Vocational Education Advisory Committee, 1996-1999, 2000^. Organist United Methodist Church, Salem, 1977-1997, since 2006.

Member Salem Computer Club, Dent County History Society, Order Eastern Star, Order of Amaranth, Salem Rebekah Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, International Order Rainbow for Girls (Grand Cross of Color 1968, supreme deputy 1998, supreme inspector 2006), Sorosis Club (president 1992-1993), Cosmopolitan Club (secretary 1994-1998, president since 1998), Phi Beta Museum.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: playing piano, traveling.


1 son from previousmarriage, M. Cole Schafer. Married Hobart E. Porter, December 29, 1997.

James Ferguson Dent

Virgina Gale (Martin) Dent

Hobart E. Porter