Bethel Ilene Allen

August 26, 1935December 20, 2013

Bethel I. Allen passed away at the age of 78 on Friday, December 20, 2013, in Salem, Oregon. Beth was born in Beatrice, Nebraska, and moved to the west coast, spending the last 50 years in the Salem area.

For many years, Beth warmed the hearts of others working at the Marriott Food Industry for the Salem School District. A devoted mother and grandmother, she kept her home filled with delicious baked goods and decorated for all the seasons. Beth was a fierce bingo competitor, Yahtzee winner, and avid camper. There was never a summer that passed without plenty of time spent fishing on Clear Lake, or fireside with her coffee and pups.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years Gerald, her four children Fred Van Zandt, Kevin Van Zandt, Debbie Hatch and Sandra Exline, four step children Robin Congdon, Chris Allen, Todd Allen and Dawn Schneider as well as her 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

A viewing for Beth will be held on Saturday December 28th from 10am to 12:45pm at Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom directors, with a funeral service starting at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salem Cancer Institute through Salem Health.


  • Viewing Saturday, December 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 28, 2013

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Lisa Van Zandt

December 26, 2013

Love you Beth. Thank you so much for all that you ever did for me. You were such a treat in this life. So fun. Can't tell you how great life was with you in it. Just knowing you were here gave us comfort. Your Great Granddaughter Savannah Rose would have loved knowing you. I will speak of our memories so she will know you through me. Have a blast up there.....until we meet you! Your daughter in law forever.....Lisa Van Zandt

Staff of Howell-Edwards-Doerksen with Rigdon-Ransom Funeral Directors

December 24, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.