It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret Ann Clark Allen announces her death. A loving Mother and devoted wife, she passed away at her home in Tucson, ending a hard fought battle against lung cancer and pneumonia. She leaves behind a legacy of her love for God, family, and community. She was kind, thoughtful, giving, patient, and selfless. She had a strong faith in God that gave her insight and strength to help navigate life's ups and downs. Born in Mt. Pleasant, IA, she graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1953 and received her training and certification as a Registered Nurse at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, IA in 1955. She then moved to St. Louis to continue her training and met her future husband, Tom Allen. They were married on November 30, 1957 and had four children. The family lived in University City, MO until 1977 when they moved to Santa Rosa, CA. While in Santa Rosa she worked as an RN for Memorial Hospital, Spectrum Health Services, Health Plan of the Redwoods, Council on Aging, and Creekside and Summerfield Convalescent Hospitals. In between jobs she returned to school at Sonoma State and earned her BSN in 1989. In later years she attended Church of the Roses and served as parish nurse. She was a fourth generation PEO and belonged to Chapter TH in Santa Rosa. She and Tom moved to Tucson in 2010 to be near their daughter Mary's family. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Thomas N Clark and M Louise (Hall), her sister Madeline J McDowell (Arlo), her husband of 53 years Thomas H Allen, and their son Mark T Allen. She is survived by siblings Marilyn S Hills (Kent) and James T Clark (Janine), children Mary M Hamilton (Cris), Geoffrey C Allen (Jennifer Brinley) and Laura J Johnson (Joseph), her four grandchildren Jessica L Drewry, Dustin J Drewry (Stephanie), Julia C Johnson, and Katelyn A Johnson, and a great grandchild to be born in May 2013 to Dustin and Stephanie. Margaret, Tom and their beloved dog Molly were buried in Aledo, IL with her parents and Clark grandparents. The family requests memorials in her honor be made to PEO's Cottey College, 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772. Web site: http://www.cottey.edu.
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Published in the Press Democrat from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2012