Carrie Ann (McAninch) Allen(October 30, 1912 - July 10, 2013)

Carrie Ann (McAninch) Allen passed away on July 10, 2013, at Heartwood House, Northcrest Community, in Ames, Iowa.

She was born October 30, 1912, in Garrison, Kansas, to Otto and Carrie Jane (White) McAninch, the fourth of five children.

She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in music education and taught in country schools in Kansas until her marriage. She returned to teaching in 1956, teaching elementary grades and music, as well as special education before retirement.

She married Robert Keith Allen, also from Garrison, on January 21, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, and they settled into married life in Bremerton, Washington, where Robert worked for the war effort at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard.

Their first daughter, Cynthia, was born in Bremerton, and they returned to Kansas soon after. Their second daughter, Linda, was born there.

They lived and worked there until 1957, when they were displaced by the construction of Tuttle Creek Dam on the Blue River outside of Manhattan, Kansas. They then returned to Washington, the place that they loved so much for its natural beauty, and lived near Seabeck, on Hood Canal, until moving to Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula after retirement.

Robert died in 1978, and in 2002, Carrie Ann came to live with her younger daughter and her husband in Ames.

She was a devoted member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Sequim and worked diligently in different aspects of the church. Music was always an integral part of her life, and she sang in the church choir and played in the handbell choir.

She loved the holiday market and the rummage sale, and would spend countless hours working for both.

She took up quilting after retirement, something she saw her own mother create, and made quilts for her granddaughters and her youngest daughter. She enjoyed the quilting group at the church, which made quilts for others. She was also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a retired teachers organization.

She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Cynthia (Steve) Hypse of New Braunfels, Texas, and Linda (Fred) Mazzella of Olympia, Washington. She is also survived by her two granddaughters, Lisa Anneberg and Erika Hypse; three great-granddaughters; her close niece, Donna Frey (Robert) DeCou of Seattle; and many other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Robert Glen McAninch; and her sisters, Gelene Shenk, Gail Frey and Hazel Reese.

Arrangements are being handled by Stevens Memorial Chapel in Ames, as well as Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel in Sequim.

The family would appreciate any memorials be directed to the ,

Funeral Home

Stevens Memorial Chapel
607 28th Street Ames, IA 50010
(515) 232-5473

Published in The Peninsula Daily News on July 18, 2013