|Birth: ||Oct. 26, 1982|
|Death: ||Mar. 22, 2011|
Lea Allen (29)
Date: Mar 22, 2011
Cause of Death: Cancer
Location: Roseville, CA
Born to Tanya and Darrell Allen, between two brothers, Daniel and Gabriel, Lea came into the world fighting. It was her parent's intention to have a natural childbirth at home ... unfortunately, mother and daughter both developed a fever and after the home birth, had to be taken to the hospital. Mother and daughter were both quaranteened for a week. Thankfully, both overcame the problems and were then able to come home.
The light of her family's lives, she was a happy, sweet and kind child who enjoyed camping, swimming, reading and school.
A good student with an outgoing personality, Lea loved family, friends and overnights with her many girlfriends.
Lea was a super serious fan of the World Cup Soccer, which was a surprise, since she was the only one in the family that was interested in it. She would get up at 4 am to follow her favorite teams, which were usually a team from Argentina.
As for music, Lea loved fist pumping songs, which energized her and songs with special meanings like, one of her favorites, "Temporary Home", by Carrie Underwood.
Lea Loved, Loved, LOVED to travel and she especially LOVED the BEACH!! Whether it be Hawaii, in front of the Wailea Resort ... the Dominican Republic, or Cancun ... give that girl a beach and a pair of flip flops and she was HAPPY!!
Other memorable vacations she enjoyed were in Yosemite, or visiting family in Alberta, Canada, and in the state of Georgia.
Lea had a knack of making each one of her friends feel as if they were her absolute BEST friend ... that is due to her gift of seeing the beauty in each of them and genuinely loving them for just who they are ... warts and all. A non-judgemental, compassionate and open-minded person, Lea lived in the moment and loved unconditionally, without demands or expectations.
Lea's first job, at 17, was as a Life Guard at Sun Splash Amusement Park. From there she went to Blockbuster Video and as she was attending college, she got a job at Joe's Crab Shack, in Old Town Sacramento, where she made many friends and generally ... HAD a BLAST!!! She even became a Trainer at Joe's ... showing the new employees the ropes. She loved working there and they loved her.
Lea earned a degree in Criminal Justice and had intended on making that her career path. She had already worked in fugitive recovery ... in laymans terms ... she was a Bounty Hunter. She absolutely loved it.
Before she became ill, Lea had planned to continue in the Criminal Justice field, travel more and mostly, toward the end of her short life, shared with us that what she really wanted was to become a wife and mother.
Instead, Epithelioid Sarcoma, the extremely rare form of soft tissue cancer she was diagnosed with at 28 years old, stepped in and changed those plans.
Lea remained, strong, brave and optimistic all through her illness. She would not tolerate tears or worried looks from those around her ... always choosing to look forward and upward ... never down or backward.
Her courage, grace and her lovely gift of embracing the good that came from her illness is something we all still marvel at. She was humbled, overwhelmed and overjoyed at the outpouring of love, affection and attention that came into her life because of this dreaded disease.
Our brave, beautiful, and beloved Lea, left this world the same way she came in ... fighting. And, although Epithelioid Sarcoma may have beat her body, it did not beat her spirit ... or her soul.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Created by: Dr. William McDonald
Record added: Nov 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80521958