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 Margaret <I>Black</I> Allen

Margaret Black Allen

Arizona, USA
Death 14 Feb 2007 (aged 88)
Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, USA
Burial Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, USA
Memorial ID 17941536 · View Source
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CARLSBAD — A graveside service will be held for Margaret B. Allen, 88, who died Wednesday at her daughter's home. The service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Sunset Gardens and will be conducted by Terry McKean, Chaplain of Lakeview Hospice. Cremation has taken place.

Margaret was born in Holbrook, Ariz., on Oct. 22, 1918, to Warden R. and Edna E. Bliss Black. She attended schools in Holbrook and Pagosa Springs, Colo., and graduated from high school in Del Norte, Colo. in 1936. She studied business practices by correspondence from a Colorado Springs Business School on a scholarship awarded her at graduation. Her goal, however, was to be an artist, and for several years she took correspondence courses in various forms of art and studied with several professional artists and craftsmen, including renowned artists Ramon Froman, Naomi Brotherton, Helen Van Wyck, John Stermer and stitchery with Helene Rumpel.

Margaret was a multi-talented individual with interests in other areas such as art history, genealogy, music, photography and creative writing. She was especially adept at composing witty poems for friends and family and her stories about the life and times of her parents, both of whom were musicians as well as adventurers, are documented in a publication entitled "Twin Mountain History," a collection of stories about various pioneer families who lived in that area of eastern Colorado. For several years, she and partner, Vi Dozier, known as "the Deceptors," entertained many organizations, private clubs and were in minstrel shows with their pantomime act. The act was so popular that Harold Thornberry, a talented singer, featured them in his own popular show for several months.

Always interested in history, Margaret spent three years as Publicity Chairman, story, writer and interviewer for the Eddy County History Book, published in 1981. She also was a member and past President of the Carlsbad Art Appreciation group and a lifetime member of the Carlsbad Foundation. She was also a member of the Carlsbad Museum's "Amigo" group.

She began teaching art at the local Women's club in the late 50s, and she also held classes at the Mesa Street Senior Center, and in Imperial, Texas, where she also taught privately. Her work has been widely exhibited, winning several awards. She worked in a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, fiber and ink. Her last few years have been primarily focused on creative stitchery and portraiture.

She was one of the founders of the flourishing Carlsbad Area Art Association, organized in 1964, and was its first secretary. She served as President in 1977-78, and later became an honorary member. One of the highlights of her art career was being named by Gov. Bruce King, in 1980, to serve as a commissioner on the New Mexico Arts Division based in Santa Fe. She also managed to work for several years as bookkeeper for both the Craft Fertilizer Company, in Malaga, and the Loving Hardware Store. She was a former member of the BPO Does, the local Genealogical Society and the Carlsbad Women's Club.

Her interests in music led to several years of study of the accordion, with the lake Bill Ground, who took his class to entertain clubs and organizations periodically. Margaret later acquired a keyboard and spent many hours filling her home with the "joyful sound of music," as she called it. Her involvement in history also led her to delve into Genealogy, and she researched both lines of her parents until her disability slowed this activity as well as others.

Margaret married Oscar O. "Red" Allen in Del Norte, Colo. in 1937, and the couple moved to Carlsbad in 1939, bringing their first child, Deanna Margaret, with them. Here they reared three more children, Warren, Jo Ann and Norman. "Red" was one of the first land levelers in Eddy County and helped level a good portion of the valley. He then went into farming on the Beeman and Allen farm and finally went to work for IMC as a machinist until his retirement.

Margaret was preceded in death by one son, Warren, in 1987, and her husband Oscar in 1991, her parents, three sisters, two brothers and cherished companion Robert "Bob" Martz. She was a member of the Loving Methodist Church.

Survivors include: son Norman and wife Ramsey, of Carlsbad; daughters Deanna Weston of Carlsbad; and Jo Ann and husband Paul DiCamillo, of Loving; one brother, Barney Black and wife Freeda, of Del Norte, Colo.; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeview Hospice through the Carlsbad Foundation, 116 S. Canyon St. Carlsbad, NM, 88220.

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  • Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
  • Added: 15 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17941536
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Margaret Black Allen (22 Oct 1918–14 Feb 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17941536, citing Sunset Gardens Cemetery, Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by Kenneth D. Bogard (contributor 46562702) .