Marilyn Delores Allen
April 3, 1932 – July 4, 2018
Marilyn Allen was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 3, 1932, second child to Augustus and Bessie Allen. She was baptized on March 18, 1934 and confirmed in June 27, 1948 at St. Philips Lutheran Church in St. Louis. She graduated from Sumner High School in 1951, having participated in the Girls Glee Club, Social Cub and Radio Workshop. Marilyn moved to Texas in 2003, to live with her daughter Karen and family, and transferred to Zion; she remained a faithful member until she passed away suddenly at age 86, on July 4, 2018.
Marilyn enjoyed mysteries such as Agatha Christi, following St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey, but mostly loved her crossword puzzles. She was known as a gentle and quiet spirit by church members, a ‘Houdini with a wicked throwing arm by family, and remembered as a social butterfly who could stand her ground by a childhood friend.
Though dementia had clouded some memories and locked away many others, but left her essence - goodness and sweetness. Marilyn’s dry sense of humor and that twinkle in her eye upon the recognition of very special faces is what will be missed by those who got to spend time with her. She was loved.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents Augustus “Gus” and Bessie Allen; her sister Nancy and her husband James E. Richardson Jr, and brother Augustus “Fred” Allen Jr. Left to cherish her memory are daughter Karen and son-in-law William; granddaughter Tanner and grandson Will and his fiancé Carrissa; and several cousins and friends.
The family acknowledges with appreciation the comforting messages, prayers, and other expressions of kindness during this time. We especially thank the Treemont Nursing and Rehabilitation staff, aides, nurses and other friends there, for the companionship, care and comfort provided.
God saw you were getting weaker So he did what he knew was best. He came and stood beside you, And whispered “Come to Me and rest” We could not understand it, No matter how we tried, If love alone could save you, You never would have died. You whispered no one last farewell, Nor even said goodbye; And were gone before we knew it, And only God knew why. We love you; we will miss you, But we know you are in God’s hand; And you will never be alone With God you have an everlasting home.