Born Jan. 9, 2018, Kent Andrew McPherson died in his mother’s arms as she sang “You Are My Sunshine,” May 14, 2018, at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Kent was diagnosed with a very rare congenital heart defect called double inlet left ventricle. He was a very happy baby with a contagious smile.

Kent is survived by his loving parents Capt. Brad McPherson and Brea (Mattingly) McPherson and his brother Parker, all formerly of Gig Harbor and currently stationed at Ford Leonard Wood Army installation near Waynesville, Missouri; paternal grandparents Paul and Shaun McPherson of Arlington, Washington; and his maternal grandparents Andy and Shellee Mattingly of Gig Harbor.

Funeral services took place May 19 at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church followed by a viewing and later graveside memorial at Haven of Rest Cemetery in Gig Harbor. Donations in honor of Kent can be made to any congenital heart disease research or support organization.