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Kathryn Allen

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Allen, Kathryn "Kay"
It is with extreme sadness I inform you that Mrs. Kathryn ("Kay") Allen passed away on April 30, 2016. She died peacefully in her sleep from intestinal cancer and associated infections. She was in no pain and had only known of the diagnosis for four (4) weeks. She was the last of her siblings to pass away, preceded by Roland, Geraldine, Shirley, and Robert. She leaves behind a sister-in-law Helen M. Tucker, two (2) step-children David Allen and Nancy Benes, eight (8) nieces and nephews (Kathryn Ann Eskesen, Richard Tucker, Donald Tucker, Kelly Morton, Jeffrey Leser, Kevin Leser, Karen Grimes Kurz, and Randy Grimes), several cousins including Virginia Huey of Mesa, AZ, and Neva Axen of Tucson, AZ, and almost 30 grand nieces and nephews. She also left behind many friends in the charity work she did for All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church, Arizona State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (ASDAR), the Republican Club, the Reserve Officers Association Ladies (ROAL), and the Ladies of the Oriental Shrine (LOS). She served as National President of the ROAL and later as regional secretary for part of her time with that organization. She served as chairperson of the Annual Fashion Show / Tea at All Saints of the Desert Church for many years, as well as helped with the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. During her service with DAR, she served as the Aqua Fria Chapter Regent two (2) times, State Registrar, State Organizing Secretary, and State Vice Chairman Community Service Awards Committee. As she researched her family's genealogy for DAR she discovered that the family's ancestors were on the Mayflower and further back to a cousin of William the Conqueror. She was very active in the Republican Club, becoming acquainted with most of the candidates and many volunteers for the Republican causes. She started life in Washington, D.C., born on April 7, 1925. She grew up in Laurel, Maryland, where she earned an award for perfect attendance for Sunday school. She later taught Sunday school before moving to Baltimore, Maryland, where she lived and worked as a beautician. She later moved to Denver, Colorado, when she married Lt. Col. Nathan A. Allen (Ret.), who preceded her in death in June of 2002. She continued working in Denver until an unfortunate car accident crushed her ankle, making her physically unable to continue her profession. Instead, she dedicated herself to being a wonderful housewife and hostess, known among her many friends for her fantastic cocktail hours and fabulous dinner parties. When Nathan retired 42 years ago, he and Kay moved to Sun City, AZ, where they enjoyed their many volunteer activities as well as golf during their long retirement. They traveled the world, learning much about the various cultures of the countries they visited, making many friends along the way. She was also an avid baseball fan, following the Baltimore Orioles when she lived back east, and then became an Arizona Diamondbacks fan here in Arizona. To honor the times she took her nephew Richard Tucker to Oriole games, he surprised her with a game in April (2015) for her 90th birthday. She was in "7th heaven" when Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run during that game. Her Memorial Service is scheduled for May 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. at All Saints of the Desert Church, 9502 W. Hutton Dr., Sun City, AZ 85351, 623-974-8404. A reception at the church follows. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in her name. http://www.dar.org/giving-dar/ways-give/current-campaign or call (800) 449-1776.
Published in The Arizona Republic on May 15, 2016
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