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Marguerite Wilma Ripley Allen
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Birth: Apr. 17, 1905
Fremont County
Iowa, USA
Death: May 26, 2003
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA

MARGUERITE WILMA ALLEN, 98, of Beloit, WI, died Monday, May 26, 2003 in her home.

Marguerite was born in Farragut, IA on April 17, 1905 to Bernice and Eugene Ripley who were farmers. She was the oldest of six siblings and is survived by Lucy Mendenhall of Elmwood NE, June Vanfosson of Clarinda, IA, and Warren Ripley of Beloit, WI. Marguerite was preceded in death by siblings Bertha Lymer of Filmore, MO, and Kenneth Ripley of College Springs, IA. She attended Shenandoah High School and Southwestern IA College and taught in a one-room school until she married. Marguerite married Truman G. Allen on December 24, 1924. They operated a family farm until they lost it in the Depression, then they moved to Beloit.

Truman worked at Fairbanks Morse until he started his own silo repair business in 1949. He died in 1960. They had four children, Joyce J. Davis and husband James (deceased) from Cincinnati, OH, William D. and wife Rose from Marion, WI, Robert E. and wife Pat from Cincinnati, OH and Carol M. from Beloit. In addition to her four children, she had 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who loved her.

Marguerite was extremely active in Beloit Community life. She participated in the First Methodist Church groups (U.M.W., XYZ, and Leah Circle), was a communion steward, and was in charge of the craft room (quilting and rag rug making for community projects). She had a great zest for life and was a natural born teacher. She spent her lifetime teaching others. Marguerite bought all of her daughters, daughters-in-law and all of her grand daughters sewing machines and taught them to sew. She also taught them chair caning, rug braiding, upholstering, and furniture refinishing. She was an active member of RSVP and participated in folk fairs for 20 years, where she taught children how to braid rugs. She also demonstrated these skills at area schools as a part of the “Just Say No” program. Marguerite had three meetings a week in her home for rug braiding, caning, and for a card game called Some ‘R’ Set. She loved to play games and would play any card or board game that her grandchildren or great grandchildren would or could play. Marguerite especially enjoyed teaching them how to play Dominoes because that made them “think about their numbers.” If she was working on a project, she would drop everything to sit on the floor and play a game with them. When she visited her children or grandchildren she left behind a trail of finished projects that she had completed during the visit. Normally she would encourage participation in the project as a way of learning. She was an avid traveler, having traveled to every state in the U.S. as well as every continent except Antarctica. Marguerite has been to the Amazon Rain Forest, the Gobi Desert, Siberia, India, China, Egypt, and on an African Safari to name just a few. She gave travelogue talks upon request.

Marguerite was named Volunteer of the Month by Beloit Daily News in December 1997 at age 93, and was honored by the Beloit Area Zonta Club, where she received the Zonta Lifetime Achievement Award 2001 at age 96. She was an avid gardener and had planted a small flower and vegetable garden for years (including this year). She loved to work in the early morning while everything was still quiet.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2003 in the Daley-Murphy-Wisch & Associates Funeral Home, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2003 in the First United Methodist Church. The family is encouraging friends to participate in the ceremony with brief anecdotes and remembrances. The service will be preceded by a short visitation in the church at 1:00 p.m. for out of town visitors. Marguerite will be interred at Farragut, IA with her husband Truman and her parents. There will be a graveside on Sunday, June 1, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.

Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church or Beloit Regional Hospice. 
Specifically: Iowa
Created by: Straws-Sween
Record added: Sep 29, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9530225
Marguerite Wilma <i>Ripley</i> Allen
Added by: Straws-Sween
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May you rest in eternal peace....
- Straws-Sween
 Added: Sep. 29, 2004

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