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Betty Anne Allen

ALLEN, BETTY ANNE, passed away peacefully in her home from complications of advanced age and cancer on November 16, 2013. She was 92 years old.

The second of three daughters of Marion H. Cardwell and Elizabeth Burns Cardwell, she was born in Central City, KY, on June 2, 1921. She grew up in Louisville and attended Louisville Collegiate School, where she won the Speed Medal for academic achievement and was voted "most zealous" by her senior class of 1939. She won a scholarship to Smith College, in Northampton, MA, and after a year there, transferred to University of Louisville, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She taught elementary school in Hammond, IN and also at the old Ballard School in Louisville.

She met her late husband, Charles Mengel Allen, at a party while on a date with his brother, Artie. She and Charlie Allen were married in 1949. When Judge Allen, who was appointed to the Federal District Court of the Western District of Kentucky in 1971, died in 2000, he and his wife had been married for over 50 years.

Except for her first three years, she lived her entire life in Louisville and had memorable times in Castle Park, MI at the family vacation home in Central Oregon; in France and England; and in Florida. Her profound loves included her lifelong prayer group and church healing group; her beautiful garden and tree-filled yard in Harrods Creek, KY (in which she knew the name of every plant); art; music; reading; and writing thoughtful notes to many people. She was a longtime member of the choir at St. Francis in the Fields in Harrods Creek, and funded several healing conferences at the church. She was a member of the Daughters of the King, a lay religious order for women in the Episcopal Church. She had a keen interest in Christian scripture, nutrition and ecology, and was ahead of the curve in championing organic and healthy food as early as the 1960s.

Along with her husband, she donated funds for St. Francis in the Fields' grand piano and many other church endeavors. She supported numerous charities and arts groups, including the Kentucky Opera, the Speed Art Museum, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Louisville Bach Society. She was proud of her children's literary, artistic, and academic achievements and lived to see her two grandsons graduate from college. She was proud of them as well: George Allen, 25, for his tennis accomplishments and fellowship to a Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine, and Charlie Stanford, 23, for his musicianship and decision to teach in Korea.

She leaves behind a son, Charles Dwight Allen, and daughter-in-law Michele Gassman, of Madison, WI; a daughter, Angela Allen, and son-in-law Jan van Santen, Ph.D., of Portland, OR; grandchildren Charles George Allen (married to Pia Allen), Philip Charles Stanford, and Nora Jane Allen; stepgranddaughter Hilary van Santen; a sister, Joan Cardwell Martin of Charlottesville, VA; nieces Elizabeth Mata, Margie Whitman and Betsy Wilmerding; and nephews Chris Beam and Charlie Garland.

A memorial service followed by interment will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, 6710 Wolf Pen Branch Road, Harrods Creek, KY.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to a .

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2013
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