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Geneva Rosemary Allen
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Birth: Sep. 22, 1918
Sabine Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 2013
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

A time to be born… Geneva Rosemary Allen was born to Luiza Coleman on September 22, 1918 in Many, Louisiana. She was the granddaughter of Disley and Sam Coleman. Geneva had one sister, Mable, and one brother, Jasper, both of whom preceded her in death.

A time to die… Geneva Allen’s sunset was January 29, 2013 at the age of 94 in Portland, Oregon.

A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted… She chopped cotton, set out sweet potatoes, and cared for the chickens as a small child. All while attending Julius Rosenwald Elementary School, which was built by a Jewish man to allow the colored children to get an education.

A time to heal… Geneva was forced to clean the spittoons because of her color, but she is now free from the hurt, pain and all of the social injustices. She is at rest and peace with God.

A time to dance… She had many years of laughter which included doing the “two step”, the dance craze of that time. That was a special time that she shared with her sister, Mable.

A time to love… She married Isaac Edward Allen, her love, on February 19, 1936, by a “boot leg preacher”. From this union came sixteen beautiful children, two of which died at birth. In December of 1947, she moved from Atlanta, Texas with her husband and ten children to Vanport, Oregon to find work and make a better life. Her family arrived just in time for the historic Vanport flood on Memorial Day of 1948. After the flood she went to Zanesville, Ohio, but later returned to Portland. The family moved to Boise Elementary School immediately following the flood as a temporary shelter and later moved to Swan Island, Guilds Lake, University Parks Home, St. Johns Woods and various other projects including Larabee Street. Memories of living on Montana, Missouri, Cleveland Street and NE Ainsworth up until her death still remain fresh in our thoughts. Geneva always stressed the importance of getting an education to her children. She did day work in the white folk’s homes and decided to go back to school. She received her GED from Clark College and PSU. She completed the culinary arts course at PCC and after graduating, worked at PSU-Smith Memorial Center as a cook until her retirement in 1984. Her favorite foods being cabbage, sour cream corn bread and baked sweet potatoes. Geneva loved and sacrificed for her children, and never left them alone or with a sitter. Her pride and joy was her children and teaching them to love and serve God, others and their community.

A time of peace… Geneva attended Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta and upon moving to Portland she attended Mt. Sinai and Maranatha until her health no longer permitted. She was baptized in a muddy creek in Goldad Settlement –four miles outside of Texarkana. She talked of being covered with a sheet for baptism that had rocks added to the hem to prevent it from floating upwards during the baptism, and she spoke of the water being cold. We can confidently say, Geneva Rosemary Allen, is at peace with the Prince of Peace.
[Terry Family Funeral Home]

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  Isaac Edward Allen (1898 - 1990)*
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Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Sec 7M Lot 11 G3S
Created by: Linda Jenkins Werts
Record added: Feb 09, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104915338
Geneva Rosemary Allen
Added by: Linda Jenkins Werts
Geneva Rosemary Allen
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