Mary Frances Chamberlain Allen

June 6, 1919October 29, 2012

Allen, Mary Frances Chamberlain passed away October 29, 2012. She was preceded in death by her Father and Mother, Burdette and Edith Myrtle Simmons Chamberlain; brother, Don Chamberlain; sister, Marcella Chamberlain & her husband of over 50 years Col. Arthur Howard Allen Jr. Survived by two sons, Paul (Charlene) Allen, Jim (Debbie) Allen; daughter and caregiver, Suzanne Allen & two granddaughters, Elizabeth (Brian) Russell & Emily Allen. Mary Frances was born in Texarkana, Texas June 6, 1919 and moved to Nashville, TN when she was ten years old. She was a graduate of East High School and had many life long friends from East. After raising her family she returned to college and graduated from MTSU in 1967 while caring for her Father and Father in law and went on to earn her Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee. She retired from Metro schools after 25 years as a Librarian at Amqui Elementary School. Her greatest legacy to her children and grandchildren was her love of family and friends and her focus on the importance of education. She was a member of General Daniel Smith's Rock Castle Chapter of the DAR and she was a member of Pennington United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She was first diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 1996 and was always courageous in her long battle with it while being a strong example for others. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 30th from 2pm until 4 pm and 6 pm until 8pm at Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 11:30 am at Pennington United Methodist Church 2745 Pennington Bend Road, with Dr. John Carpenter and Reverend Ray Newell officiating. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donation to Pennington United Methodist Church , 2745 Pennington Bend Rd Nashville, TN 37214


  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, October 31, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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Gwen Arnold

November 3, 2012

To the Family of Mary Frances,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. As a Metro Librarian I knew Mary Frances because we got together as a group for many inservice sessions. I remember her sweet smile and spirit. She was very special.
Dr. Gwen Arnold

November 1, 2012

I am so very sorry for you and your brothers loss. Just know that y'all are in my prayers. May you find comfort in Jesus's arms. Debbie Apple

Dan and Theresa Todden

November 1, 2012

Suzanne and family....sorry to hear of Mary Frances' passing. She, and all of you, made us welcome during our visits to Nashville. Mary Frances was a gracious hostess and a wonderful person to know. We shall treasure our visits and memories of her. It was good to get to know our Chamberlain cousins in Nashville !

Carol Smith

October 31, 2012

Suzanne, my heart goes out to you for the loss of your Mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Carol Smith

Lisa Porter

October 31, 2012

Paul and Charlene I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May God bless your family during this sad time and may her may memories be comfort to you in the coming days.

Debbie Smith Cantrell

October 31, 2012

Suzanne, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Just remember she is in a better place now.

Debbie Smith Cantrell (Mt. Juliet, Tn)

Angela (Bazell) Ryan

October 31, 2012

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

October 31, 2012

I'm sorry for your loss Suzanne, the silence will be the hardest thing now. I still hear my Mom talking to me. Enjoy the rest of your life like your Mom would want you to, she had a great life filled with lots of love and what more could you ask for! Take Care, Sherry Murphy

Laurie Tanzi

October 31, 2012

Suzanne,Jimmy, and Paul
My heart goes out to each of you at this time of need. As you, my heart is broken. Your mother meant alot to me all these years. I will always remember the good times when we got together at Thanksgiving, and when you came to Orlando for a visit. She is at peace now, and with Howard. Let me know if I can do anything for you guys. My prayers are with you.

Wanda Burke

October 31, 2012

Suzanne, I'm so very sorry about the loss of your beloved Mom! I know how devoted you were to her. You are in my prayers.