Betty M. Allen, 68, of Meredosia, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Barton W. Stone Home in Jacksonville.
She was born May 29, 1942, in rural Scott County, the daughter of Wanda Bunch Burton. She married Russell D. Allen on Oct. 15, 1966, in Meredosia, and he preceded her in death June 13, 2006.
She is survived by her mother of Meredosia; five children, Rantz (Sheila) Dunmire of Versailles, David Dunmire, Metzi (Tim) Ritter and Hope (Lonnie) Heeman, all of Meredosia, and Tamra Jones of Versailles; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mildean (Harold) DeWitt of Versailles and Audrey (Gary) Fanshier of Meredosia. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Timothy David Ritter; one son-in-law, Larry Jones; and her stepfather who raised her, Francis Surratt.
Mrs. Allen was a 1961 graduate of Meredosia-Chambersburg High School. She had been a cook, working in many area restaurants through the years. She had also been a volunteer for the Meredosia Fire Department. Betty attended Versailles Christian Church. She enjoyed camping, and she loved her family, especially her grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Oakland Cemetery in Meredosia. The family will meet friends 10-11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Meredosia. Memorials are suggested to Meredosia Fire Department or Meredosia Rescue Squad. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.
Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home, Meredosia Chapel
117 S. Putnam St.
Meredosia, IL 62665
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Jan. 27, 2011