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Mary Louise Palfreyman Allen
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Birth: Nov. 12, 1896
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 1975
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Wife of Rea Edwin Allen. Daughter of William Young Palfreyman and Sarah Ann "Sallie" Williams


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, May 8, 1975


Mary Louise Allen was born near Lucas, Iowa, on November 12, 1896, the daughter of William Young Palfreyman and Sarah Ann Williams Palfreyman, and died Friday, April 25, 1975 at the Lucas County Memorial Hospital in Chariton.

Mary joined the Lucas Presbyterian Church in 1914 and maintained her membership there all her life.

She attended Plympton Grade School, Lucas High School, and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1926. She operated a boarding house in Iowa City to finance her education.

Following a childhood ambition to be a teacher, Mary began a long career as an educator by teaching in rural Lucas County schools, and at Castana, Ia., and Gunnison, Colo. before her marriage. She also taught in the Lucas Public School most of the years from 1946 to 1962.

On June 13, 1927, she was married to R. Edwin Allen, a high school classmate. Soon after their marriage they moved to a farm near Derby. It was here that their children were born.

In 1940 Ed and Mary moved to the family farm at the north edge of Lucas. In 1962 they moved into Lucas. Ed died at this home July 3, 1966.

Mary was active in 4-H for many years, both at Derby and Lucas, serving as a club leader and on the county committee. She was honored as Lucas County Farm Mother of the year in 1950.

Her family will remember her for her great love for them and for the way she always looked for the good in people, and took a genuine interest in them.

Working with young people was a joy to her, and she touched many lives as a teacher, Sunday School teacher, and 4-H leader. One of her great pleasures in later years was the visits and letters from young people she had taught and encouraged. Another recent pleasure was her association with the Retired Teachers Organization.

Mary had a zest for life and doing things for others, but she had put her trust in the Lord and had no fear of death.

Survivors include five children: twins Elwin of Chariton and Edwin of Lucas; Shirley of New Boston, Ill.; Roger of Montezuma; and Dwight of Burlington, Vt.; a son-in-law, Harold Mills and daughters-in-law, Lillian, Frances, Merry Ann and Nancy; and by 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Two brothers and a sister survive: Dan of Tacoma, Wash.; Roy of Lucas; and Mrs. Merrill (Anna) Welch of Ottumwa.

Her parents, husband, two infant brothers, and brothers, Lem and George preceded her in death.

Memorial services were held April 28, at the Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton, with the Rev. Fred Mansfield and the Rev. Silas Anderson officiating. Burial was at the Chariton Cemetery.

Obituary courtesy of Darlene Arnold

Family links: 
  William Young Palfreyman (1856 - 1952)
  Sarah Ann Williams Palfreyman (1858 - 1947)
  Rea Edwin Allen (1897 - 1966)
  Edwin William Allen (1928 - 2010)*
  Infant Son Palfreyman (____ - 1903)*
  Thomas A. Palfreyman (1883 - 1885)*
  Roy Palfreyman (1888 - 1977)*
  George Palfreyman (1891 - 1968)*
  Mary Louise Palfreyman Allen (1896 - 1975)
  Anna Leah Palfreyman Welch (1900 - 1991)*
*Calculated relationship
Chariton Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Sec O Row 6
Maintained by: Skip
Originally Created by: Doris Christensen
Record added: Sep 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58750785
Mary Louise <i>Palfreyman</i> Allen
Added by: Doris Christensen
Mary Louise <i>Palfreyman</i> Allen
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 Added: Aug. 13, 2015

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