|Birth: ||Feb. 5, 1926|
Conemaugh Township (Somerset County)
|Death: ||Mar. 7, 2014|
On the afternoon of Friday, March 7, 2014, longtime Canton resident Bette Ellen (Shaffer) Allen passed away quietly at Bradford County Manor with her beloved family at her side. She was 88 years of age.
Born Feb. 5, 1926 in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, Pa., she was a daughter of Charles and Ellen (Heckman) Shaffer. She graduated high school at the height of the Second World War, a time when women were being integrated into the work force in great numbers to help the war effort. Bette and her sister were recruited by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and these two young women who had never really been away from home before found themselves living on their own in our nation's capital. After the war Bette returned home. In 1951 her brother, Martin, who was a game warden in LeRoy Township, returned home for a visit, accompanied by a good friend of his from Canton named Jim Allen. Before long romance was in the air, and Jim and Bette eloped in Westminster, Va. They returned to Canton to run the family store and raise a family. Bette was always known as being a soft-spoken, mild-mannered friendly lady with a perpetual smile. Church was always an integral part of her life. She and her family were members of the former Canton United Methodist Church, and later the Canton Ecumenical Parish. There she could be found, along with her husband, tending to the daily needs of God's House, just as the Levites in Biblical times. She also was a member of the United Methodist Women, serving in capacities at the local and district levels. Bette was also one of the key "go-to" people when it came to organizing church dinners and rummage sales.
Bette is survived by her children James (and Pam) Allen of Bethel, Ohio, Terry (and Richard) Spencer of Plainville, Conn., Kellie Allen (and Roger Wilcox) of Canton, Penny Allen (and Steve Confortini) of Farmington, Conn. and Melissa (and Dave) Ardinger of Chambersburg, Pa., as well as 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, brothers Harold, Herbert, Earl, John and Martin Shaffer, and sisters Laura Spory, Elma Williamson and Mary Custer.
In accordance with Bette's expressed wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date. Professional services have been entrusted to Morse & Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center St., Canton.
Published in Daily Review on Mar. 9, 2014.
Created by: Dianne Holton
Record added: Mar 13, 2014
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