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Mary C Allen - January 23, 2012

Mary C. Allen, age 77, of Holyoke, died peacefully in her home Jan. 23, 2012.

Mary was born May 5, 1934 in Los Angeles, Calif. She met Edgar “Ed” Allen while working together on a ranch in Hartsel. They soon were married on Nov. 29, 1962.

In 1980, they bought Allen’s Dairy King. They worked happily together side by side until 1998. They enjoyed their many winter trips together in their RV. While on the trips, Mary began her beautiful collections of bells and state spoons.

One could always catch her keeping busy with her needlework, a book or with a camera. She also loved to watch her favorite team, the Denver Broncos, play football. The highlight of her life was her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Mary is preceded in death by her loving husband, “Ed” Allen, and her father-in-law, Vestil C. Allen.

She is survived by her mother-in-law, Mary M. Allen of Holyoke; sister-in-law, Betty Roos and husband Ted of Holyoke; niece, Shonna Kafka and husband Dan and their sons Benjamin and Caleb of Holyoke; daughters, Patricia Lebsack and husband Kelly and their son Tucker of North Carolina and Debbie Allen and significant other Damon Ellis of Holyoke; granddaughters, Jessica Allen Ayala and husband Antonio and their children Ashton and Aden of Holyoke and Kendra Calderon and husband Juan and their children Azariah and Avian of Texas; and many friends.

A Celebration of Life service was held Jan. 26 at Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke with Dan Kafka officiating.

A private burial took place following the service at the Holyoke Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the BeCause group.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.