Oneta Mae Allen

March 4, 1922February 26, 2018

Oneta Mae Allen, 95, of Vancouver, passed away Monday, February 26, 2018, at her home. She was born March 4, 1922 in Manford, Oklahoma to Oda and Gladys Hesterlee.

Oneta’s family moved around quite a lot when she was a child due to her father being a farm worker during the Dust Bowl. As a young woman, Oneta met the love of her life, Arnold R. Allen. They were married at the Vancouver Court House November 12, 1942, just before Arnold shipped out with the Army to serve in WWII. Nine months after his return, they started their family with the birth of their son, Terry, in 1946. Being a “worker”, Oneta had a number of different jobs over the years. For a time she worked in the cafeteria at the schools in Springfield, Oregon. In the 1950’s the family moved to Beaverton for Arnold’s work, so Oneta began a career at Tektronics, where she worked in quality control. She retired after 30 years of service and they move to central Oregon. Oneta was not content to be a retired lady. She had always enjoyed decorating, so she found work at a home decorating store. Eventually she and Arnold returned to the Metro Portland area to live in Tigard due to his poor health. Arnold passed away in 1996, and she remained in Tigard for a few years, but finally chose to move to Vancouver to be closer to her son Terry.

Oneta was a member of Crossroads Community Church, and 2 bible study groups, one at church and another at Brookdale Senior Living. Her whole life she had never had any bad habits. She was a life-long believer in exercise. She enjoyed home decorating, canning, knitting and sewing. She was a talented homemaker and a hard worker.

Oneta is survived by her son, Terry (Cynthia) Allen; grandchildren, Scott Allen and Gregory Allen; great grandchildren, Ashli Allen, Jameson Allen, Michaelyn Allen and Scott Allen, Jr.; and sisiter Diana Sheets. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arnold.

A committal service will take place 1:30 PM, Thursday, March 8th at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, March 8, 2018

Oneta Mae Allen

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