Fannie Irene Lawton Allen

  • Birth 13 Sep 1918 New York, USA
  • Death 23 Mar 1998 Alturas, Modoc County, California, USA
  • Burial Alturas, Modoc County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 38510862

Alturas resident and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 3327 member Fannie Irene Allen died Monday, March 23, 1998 in Alturas, Calif. at Modoc Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility, where she had been residing since January.

Services for Mrs. Allen will be held at Kerr Mortuary at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 27 with interment to follow at the Alturas Cemetery. The VFW Auxiliary will host a time of fellowship for all, at the Veterans' Memorial Hall in Alturas, following interment.

Visitation will be held from 2:00-6:00 p.m. today, March 26 at Kerr Mortuary in Alturas.

Mrs. Allen was an active member and served on many committees and in official capacities with the local VFW Auxiliary 3327 for many years.

She actively supported the Modoc Senior Citizens Center activities, as well.

She was born Fannie Irene Lawton, to Mary [Noody] and Charles Lawton.
Irene and her twin sister, who died as an infant, were the youngest of 14 children - all boys. She was born September 13, 1918 in Camillus, New York, but as a teen moved to California with her family. She graduated from South Gate High School, South Gate, Calif. and just after her 21st birthday, married Francis L. Allen in Yuma, Ariz. on October 21, 1939. The couple raised their four children and celebrated 48 years of marriage. Francis preceded Irene in death in 1987.

While rearing their children and as a long-time resident of Compton, Calif. she worked on the Voters' Board recalled her daughter Peggy Bell of Bly, Ore. Mrs. Allen kept busy with her children's school activities and later as a great-grandmother continued to help children as the VFW Auxiliary's Safety Chairperson. Through her efforts, she promoted the "Lite-a-Bike" and "Lite-a-Kid" programs in the Alturas community.

When Francis retired, the Allens relocated to Alturas in 1978, and Mrs. Allen became involved in the VFW Auxiliary 3327, where she made many friends and remained active for many years.

She is survived by two sons, Dale Allen of Long Beach; Wayne Allen of Fountain Valley; two daughters, Peggy Bell of Bly, Ore. and Donna Hill of Paramount, Calif.; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Contributions in Mrs. Allen's memory may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary to Pete Christensen Post 3327, [VFW Auxiliary Post 3327, 400 Modoc St., Alturas, CA 96101.


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  • Created by: California Genealogy Trails
  • Added: 18 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38510862
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fannie Irene Lawton Allen (13 Sep 1918–23 Mar 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38510862, citing Alturas Cemetery, Alturas, Modoc County, California, USA ; Maintained by California Genealogy Trails (contributor 47121389) .