Marilyn Ann ALLEN

News Death Notice

ALLEN, Marilyn Ann Born July 21, 1937, as Patricia Ann McClintock, Ann Allen, was the adopted daughter at the age of 11 months by Ralph and Louise West of McPherson, Kansas and was renamed Marilyn Ann West. Ann attended of a local university in McPherson for a year where she majored in art. On April 27, 1957 she was wed to Donald W. Allen I in McPherson. She supported Don, as he pursued his education in Ft. Wayne Indiana, as a switchboard operator for three years. Her accomplishments are many including the continuation of her oil painting, which her children now enjoy in their homes. She was an accomplished chef, and seamstress and tireless mother who raised three children, Ward, Beth and Aaron all of which owe their sense of humor, love for reading and love of art to her. She was a long-term member of a local book club until the ravages of Alzheimer's disease precluded her from continuing. Her cooking accomplishments are legendary including a potato salad recipe that survives in many recipe boxes in Springboro Ohio and beyond today. We could always count on additional 5 pounds at the holidays as she rolled out plate after plate of fudge and divinity. Family was the most important aspect of her life. Her parents, Ralph and Louise as well as her husband Don precede her in death. Her children, Donald Ward Allen II, his Wife and her beloved friend, Joan Allen, Brenda Beth Allen and Edward Aaron Allen his wife and her beloved friend Deana Allen survive Ann in death. Five cherished grandchildren Donald Ward Allen III, Sarah Keller Allen, Joshua Edward Lee Allen, Christiana Charity Elizabeth Allen and Caleb Zecharias Allen also survive her. She will be dearly missed daily but her absence at holidays will be heavily felt. Her childlike unbridled enthusiasm made each holiday very special and a time when all of her family relished the time spent together due to her sense of whimsy. As with all summations of one's life, a few short paragraphs inherently due an injustice to the love, caring and life that she provided as a wife, mother, and grandmother. Funeral services will be Tuesday 2:00 pm at the Springboro United Methodist Church. Visitation will begin 1 hour prior to services. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donation be made to the Alzheimer's foundation of Dayton, Ohio. We would ask that you join us in fighting for the irradiation of this cruel and unkind disease. Condolences may be made to the family at

Published in Dayton Daily News on July 29, 2013