Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Coral Violet Allen, 81, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 at home.
The Guest Book is expired.
She was buried next to her husband at Spruce Grove Memorial Park near Kasilof.
Coral was born Mar. 7, 1930 in Sand Springs, Mont. She graduated with a 4-year degree from the University of Washington.
Coral moved to Anchorage in 1953 and worked as a school teacher on the military base there. She married William Allen in 1953. In 1956, she homesteaded 3 miles south of Soldotna and taught at the old Kenai School until Soldotna Elementary opened in the mid 1960s. She retired in 1978.
Coral was a member of the Board of Directors at Central Peninsula Counseling Services from the mid 1980s to early 90s. She was also a member of the Kenai Alliance for the Mentally Ill during the mid 1980s.
She enjoyed making clay sculptures and pencil sketches, quilting and latch hook rugs. She also made many frames for her husband's many oil paintings and drawings.
"After retiring, Coral took on many roles in organizations to help the mentally ill. She played a big role in getting the Mental Health Lands Trust Act re-instated in the early 90s, testifying to the State Legislature in Juneau several times. Coral enjoyed many years at the homestead landscaping and gardening until the borough bought the land in 1992," her family said.
Coral was preceded in death by her husband, William Allen in 2008, parents, Virgil and Violet Stewart, brothers, Calvin, Eli and Scott, and a sister, Alice Miller.
She is survived by her sisters, Ellen Blom of Seattle, and Doris Powell of Baltimore, Md.; daughter, Julia Allen of Anchorage; son, Russell Allen of Soldotna; and grandson, Christopher Allen of Anchorage.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Nov. 2, 2011