The Life of Grandma Allen

Dorthy Lucille Allen
January 21st, 1921 - September 12th, 2007


Lucille grew up on a farm just outside of Seneca, Kansas. She had 8 brothers and 2 sisters. She was a member of St. Peter and Paul and attended school there. She graduated high school in 1939. Most importantly, in 1948, she married her husband, Ray, right in the church where we will have her service on Monday. Ray and Lucille farmed in Kansas until 1953, when they moved to Colorado.

Lucille and Ray were married for 59 years. 59 years!! It is an amazing accomplishment in this day and age and one that Lucille was very proud of. Lucille and Ray were inseparable and upon arriving at their house on any particular day, you would find them sharing a can of Diet Pepsi and watching a baseball or football game. Shortly before her death, Lucille told her daughter that Ray was “the best husband any woman could ever have.” Lucille struggled for over 40 years with rheumatoid arthritis. During this time, her husband was there to help her, care for her, support her and guide her through the ups and downs of this terrible disease. His love and commitment never wavered even in the toughest of times and until the last minute of her life his concern and love for Lucille was apparent to everyone around them. All of the family would like to take this moment to thank their dad, their grandpa and their great grandpa for his patience, his strength and his never-ending love for Lucille.

The loving marriage of these two people is the solid foundation around which their family grew and continues to grow today. Lucille would like you to know that above all else she was a family person. She was devoted to her children and loved nothing more than to sit and watch her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren at family gatherings. She was continually amused and delighted with the growing number of great-grandchildren and recently celebrated the news that another one is on the way!

It is hard to put into a few words the essence of a woman who lived for 86 years. She was a simple woman who understood the important things in life. She could be stubborn, she could be funny, she could be cranky and she could be delightful. Above all else, she lived her life the best she could, holding God close to heart, loving her husband and family, living morally and simply, and setting a proud example for all of her descendents to follow. Although Lucille struggled for over 40 years with a debilitating and painful disease, if you were to ask Lucille today about her life, she would say that you shouldn’t mourn her too much. She lived a full and wonderful life surrounded by family, by friends and most of all by her loving husband. Lucille would want you to take this opportunity to connect with your family and friends and to know that she thanks all of you for being a part of her life.

Edited to note: This is the Eulogy that my mom wrote and was read at her funeral.

2 comments:

Gigi said...

Condolences to you and all the family at the loss of Gram. Gigi

Splaneyo said...

Katie,
Very sorry to hear about your loss. Not only do you loose a person, but you loose a bit of history too. So sorry.
Heather