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Elizabeth Cox Allen, 100, died on October 30, 2013. She was born in DeLand, Florida, on August 3, 1913, the second child of James August (Gus) Allen (founder of Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home and son of James Fredrick Allen, one of the original founders of DeLand) and of Mabelle Cox Allen, originally from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Ms Allen graduated from DeLand High School in 1932 and Virginia Intermont College of Bristol, Virginia, in 1936. During the 1939-40 New York World's Fair she worked in the Florida exhibit in New York. She joined the SPARS (Women's Coast Guard Reserve) during World War II, attaining the rank of Specialist (M) Third Class. After the War, she returned to DeLand where she worked for the U. S. Post Office until taking early retirement in 1972. For almost all of her life, she lived in the house in which she was born on Minnesota Avenue, taking care of her mother and going with her on many automobile trips throughout the US and Canada until her mother's death in 1965. She continued to live in her house, sharing evening meals and holidays, and attending sporting and cultural events, with her older sister, Kathleen Allen Johnson, and Kathleen's husband, Carl (Doc) Johnson, both of whom were Stetson University professors, until their deaths. For most of her adult life, Elizabeth swam daily at DeLeon Springs, perhaps evidencing by her own excellent health and vigor its touted gift of eternal youth. From the late 1970s until the moment of her death, Elizabeth was a proud and vocal supporter of all women's sports at Stetson. She nurtured and inspired scores of young women athletes--and their coaches--through her gruff but loving manner, ruggedly independent spirit, and financial generosity. She is survived by two nephews, James Allen Dator of Honolulu, Hawaii, and William Waller DuBose Jr., of Orlando, Florida, and their children and grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are through Lankford Funeral Home. The founder, Clyde Lankford, learned the business while working for Gus Allen. Her ashes will be interred at the family plot in Oakdale Cemetery, DeLand, for a ceremony at a later time. You are welcome to share your memories with the family at www.lankfordfuneralhome.com
Lankford Funeral Homes & Crematory
220 E. New York Ave. Deland, FL 32724
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, 2013