Catherine Mary Allen

May 9, 1966November 1, 2010

Catherine Mary Allen Resident of San Jose There is a longing in our hearts to hold dear to us the memory of Kate Allen, who left us on November 1st, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Catherine Mary Allen on May 9th, 1966 in Westminster, California to Robin (from Northern Ireland) and Christina Allen (from England). The Allen family moved back to England in 1979, where Kate finished her schooling and attended Sulihull College. While in England Kate refined her softball skills and became a well known, accomplished player. She was chosen for the Great Britain national softball team in 1984 and played on this team for 18 years. In 2007, England recognize Kate's softball accomplishments by introducing her into the British sports hall of fame. Kate took great pride in her participation in and traveled to numerous parts of the world plating professional softball. After living in Holland for six years, Kate moved to the United States in 1933 and pursued her career in Pharmaceutical Research. She lived her life to the fullest, truly embracing her mantra to Dream, Imagine, and Believe. Her kindness and gentle spirit drew people to her. She was preceded in death and now joins in spirit, her father Robin, Aunt Evelyn and Aunt Sharon. Kate leaves behind her loving partner Teresa Barker, who will carry her memory forever; her mother Christina of England; her loving brother Stuart who traveled from England several times to support Kate through her journey; sister in law Linda, nieces Beth and Becka, nephews Jacob and Hamish; Aunt Kathy and Uncle Bob Blindell of Huntington Beach, California and many other Aunts, Uncles and Cousins in England, Ireland, Hong Kong and the States; and many dear friends and extended family. Kate would want to thank her family, wonderful friends, for their unwavering love, time, and support during this difficult time, In her memory, please take a moment to imagine what dream you've held on to, believe in it, and make it a reality. Visitation is on November 03, 2010 from 5pm to 8pm with prayers being said at 7:30pm at Willow Glen Funeral Home and Funeral Service will be held on November 04, 2010 at 1pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Willow Glen. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Women Care of Santa Cruz, a Women's Cancer Advocacy for Resources and Education.



  • Visitation Wednesday, November 3, 2010
  • Vigil Wednesday, November 3, 2010
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 4, 2010


  • Interment

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Annette Morriën-Kok

March 14, 2011

Teresa and Kate's family,
Kate and I were collegues at Solvay in The Netherlands (20 years ago). We shared an office together. I have many fond memories of that time. We've laughed together so many times. I also met her parents in Solihull. I've been trying to find her for many years and I was shocked to find out that she passed away. Dear Kate, rest in peace and may god bless your wife Teresa and your family during this difficult time

Suzie Jones

March 13, 2011

Remembering your support during my trip to California were there helping, when you were going thru your own personal struggle. Thank you Kate, remembering you today and so many days in-between ...

Tana Burnett

January 18, 2011

Kate and I were neighbors for years on Croydon Ave. My boys called her "Auntie Cake." We moved to Camas, WA 18 months ago and I just learned of her passing. She was one of the sweetest, giving people I've ever met. She will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her!
-Tana Burnett

Bas Langezaal

November 26, 2010

I remember Kate as a beautiful person and a great softball player. She played in the best HCAW team ever and I was teammanager. I'm proud that I knew Kate Allen, her kindness, her humor, always interested in other people. Teresa and all other family and friends...I'm so sorry for your loss.

Katie Stanley

November 25, 2010

To my Kindred Spirit..You gave so much to others just by being you. I treasure the time we had together and was blessed to be able to call you my friend. Your memory will be in my heart forever...

Sheila Sykora

November 21, 2010

God Bless you Kate and all who love you. It has been a pleasure and delight getting to know you and being in your company. Watch over us splendid angel as you circle the heavens.


November 17, 2010

Dear Kate,

Your beautiful soul resonated in your smile which will always live in my heart. Thanks for being such a wonderful friend. May you rest in peace and God bless Teresa and your family.


November 13, 2010

heaven has a wonderful angel...
Kate I will miss you
I didnt know you long, but I felt I knew you forever.


November 13, 2010

Dear Kate,

Even though we haven't spoken in a few years, you were in my thoughts everyday! Your friendship, 'bearhugs', wisdom and big smile will be in my heart for ever.

Teresa, thank you for loving her and being the love of her life.

Dear family, thank you for letting Kate fly out over the world and touch so may lives! I wish you all love and strength to deal with this great loss.


November 9, 2010

Dear Teresa and family,

Such a great loss, but fortunately so many good memories.
She was a wonderful person.
My sincere condolences.