Celesta M. Allen (1924 - 2011)

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INDEPENDENCE - Celesta M. Allen, 87, of Independence, died on Monday, Sept. 19, at East Towne Care Center in Independence.
She was born on July 26, 1924, in Rowley, the daughter of Frank C. and Pearl (Smith) LaTour.
She graduated from high school in Rowley with the Class of 1942. On Oct. 5, 1943, she and Ronald Dale Allen, Sr., were married in Rapid City, S.D. They farmed in Buchanan County until retiring in 1968 when they moved to Independence.
Mrs. Allen also worked at Peoples Memorial Hospital, the Buchanan County Clerk of Court office, and Grahams Department store after they moved to Independence. Her husband preceded her in death in 1985.
Mrs. Allen is survived by one daughter, Barbara (Dennis) Piazzon Hickey of Cedar Rapids, four sons, Ronald (Sandee) Allen, Jr. of Cedar Rapids, Roger (Shirley) Allen and Stuart (Lou Ann) Allen, both of Independence, and Martin "Chip" (Mary) Allen of Marion.
She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 13, great grandchildren, and one sister, LaVonne Solberg of Dallas, Texas.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Donald LaTour, and one son-in-law, Lyle Piazzon.
Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hope Wesleyan Church in Independence. Burial was in Rowley Cemetery in Rowley.
White Funeral Home in Independence was in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Sept. 23 to Sept. 30, 2011