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Nancy (Shepherd) Allen


Nancy L Allen, 63, died May 29, 2011. A Memorial Service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3600 75th St in Urbandale, Iowa. Family will greet friends Wednesday, June 1 at Johnson Family Funeral home in Stuart, Iowa from 6 to 8 p.m. A private burial will take place at a later date.

Nancy graduated from Stuart High School, Simpson College, Duke University, and earned a Doctoral degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio focusing on young adult spirituality.

She served as pastor of churches in Liberty, NC, and in Iowa at Wayland, Ventura, Urbandale, and Sioux City, campus minister at Simpson College, Camping and Youth Director for the Iowa United Methodist Conference, and was one of the first two women to be selected by a bishop of Iowa as a District Superintendent.

Her appointment to Aldersgate in 1993 was the first time a woman served as Senior Pastor of a church with staff in the Des Moines metro.

In 2002 Nancy and her husband became Directors of Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center near Indianola where nearly 10,000 people a year were impacted by her service to youth and young adults. In retirement Nan completed the autobiography of her three great great great aunts who were missionaries to China. The book will be published posthumously.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father, George Shepherd of Stuart. She is survived by her husband, Art of Stuart, Iowa; son, Benjamin Carter-Allen and family of Stuart; son, Nathan Allen and family of Tucson, Arizona; her mother, Betty Shepherd of Stuart; brother Everett Shepherd of Stuart; and sister Judy of Indianola, Iowa.

Instead of flowers, memorials can be made to the Nancy Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund of Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary. The scholarship supports a seminary student serving a summer internship in Iowa United Methodist camping.



Published in Des Moines Register on June 1, 2011
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