Ellen H. Lyons Allman

July 16, 1926November 12, 2011

Ellen Allman East Lansing

Ellen Allman passed away on Saturday, November 12th. She was 85 years old. Born in Detroit Michigan, Ellen grew up in Pleasant Ridge and moved to Fowlerville while she was in High School. She was a graduate of Fowlerville High School, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, and her master’s degree from Michigan State University. Ellen taught in the Lansing School System for over 30 years. She is preceded in death by two husbands (Jordan Jenkins and Russell Allman) and is survived by six children; Richard Rastall (Janeen), Patrick Rastall (Jan), Kevin Rastall, Kay Jenkins, Guy Jenkins, and George Jenkins; and seven grandchildren. Ellen loved the arts, MSU athletics, Paris, Sarasota Florida, and spending time with her family. She especially treasured her many wonderful friends who gave her joy and greatly enriched her life. Ellen’s family wishes to sincerely thank all of her friends for your kindness, your love, your prayers, and for adding so much to our mother’s life. Well wishers and friends are invited to stop by the Spartan Hall of Fame Café this Sunday, November 20th, from 1 to 4 PM, to share sympathies, stories, memories and laughs. (There will be a family only memorial service on Saturday.) In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ellen’s name can be made to Michigan State University Development Fund, 300 Spartan Way, East Lansing, MI 48824; the University of Wisconsin–Madison Foundation, PO Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278 or any charity of your choice. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at


  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 20, 2011

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Lucy Reeves

November 22, 2011

My name is Lucy Reeves and I knew Ellen for about 10 years at Dr. George Grein's office. I cleaned her teeth! It was a great pleasure knowing her! Despite her dislike at being at the dentist, she and I laughed out loud many times and enjoyed discussing recent offerings at the Wharton Center and things going on in Sarasota. I'll miss her bright smile and ready laugh. My condolences to all of you.

Sincerely, Lucy Reeves

Elayne/Maury Crane

November 19, 2011

Dear Ellen,she was such good company,always with a unique,but positive slant on our life and times.we'll miss her.

November 19, 2011

Please know how sad I am to hear of Ellen's passing. She was my neighbor for 8 years here in Okemos. I have many fond memories of her. I Loved her open, up front honesty. She always told you exactly what she was thinking be it good or bad. Most often, it brought a chuckle out of me. She was so kind and positive. She loved the flower bed which was under her kitchen window and always had time to stop and say Hello. When I first moved in, I saw her jogging and walking each day. I thought to myself- "Whoever she is, she is almost double my age! She IS my inspiration!" I found her friendship so delightful. She loved the MSU campus and it's students. She always wanted to be with the young people. This world has lost a beautiful person. One that was my friend. May you rest in Peace, Ellen. And to her Family: May you each find Peace in knowing how many lives your Mother touched in a beautiful way.
Suzette Wasielewski
2357 Coyote Creek Dr.

Ellen Allman

November 18, 2011

November 17, 2011

Rose and I have so many fond memories of Ellen. She was a treasured friend for many years. I had the privilege of
eating lunch with her at Sparrow Hospital for many years. She was just a joy to know and enriched both of our lives.
Ellen, we thank you for being such a
unique and marvelous spirit and friend.
Our hearts go out to all of you.
David and Rose Fox (formerly of Lansing and residing now in France.)

Rich Hilts

November 17, 2011

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Pete Overholt

November 16, 2011

I have so MANY fond memories of Ellen, your family and life on Whitehills Dr. Breakfast there before school was always such a treat for a dentist's shortage of spudnuts or scrimping on cinnamon toast; sledding down the hill behind your home; trying to sneak into the living room just because it was off limits; readying zombie costumes for Halloween. Treasured memories wherein a splendid person still and always reigns. Celebrate that wonderful life; be well, be happy...that is your gift to her.

November 16, 2011

To Ellen's entire family: It is with kindness and thoughts that CJ and myself would like to convey our sympathy for the passing of your Mom. It is times like these when family means everything. With our deepest condolences
Bruce and CJ Young

November 16, 2011

Great times in Sarasota. We'll miss her uplifting spirit both in Florida and wherever she was. Peace to all of you family members.

Ray Kinzel

Sarah Fink

November 16, 2011

My sincere condolences to Ellen's family. I am a friend of George and if he is anything like his mother, then I know how special she was and how much her life impacted this world. I send my wishes of peace and comfort to the entire family. You will be in my prayers. May God bless you all,
Sarah Diane Fink