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Delia "Ann" Allen

1956 - 2016 Obituary Condolences Gallery
1956 ~ 2016
Ann moved peacefully into the vast universe on November 17, 2016. The cause was the very rare HLH. She was born July 2, 1956 in Tooele, Utah to Max T. Fordham and Florence Regina Fordham. She married Ronald C. Allen in Ansbach, Germany on November 15, 1974. They celebrated their forty-second wedding anniversary two days before her death. Everyone she met loved Ann. Her career at Intermountain Healthcare spanned almost 39 years and included nursing and later Cardiovascular Research at LDS Hospital. Ann then moved to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray where she managed Emergency Planning and Preparedness for the Urban Central Region. Ann completed her LPN at Salt Lake Community College in 1976, a BS in Health Education in 1989 from the University of Utah, and a Masters in Emergency Planning in 2006 from APU. Ann was a true Utah fan and proud that her husband and children all graduated from the "U". In the mid 1980's, Ann's fellow Firefighter/EMT's appointed her as Stansbury Station Chief and she excelled in instituting higher levels of training for the volunteers. Ann served on boards and committees in Stansbury Park and Tooele County. During her career Ann was a notable member of research teams that were published in national journals and she received numerous awards. Ann was incredibly humble and when she received a new award or completed a new certification she would ask Ron not to tell anyone. After her last promotion at IHC she was so embarrassed at all of the degrees and certifications listed behind her name on her new business cards that she threw them in her desk drawer and often told people she was out of cards if asked. Ann left us some final comments as follows:
What a wonderful life, it's now time to see another part of the universe. My parents taught me to give 110%, to make people laugh and to analyze my life for improvements. Growing up my parents' gave me daily hugs, kisses and were amazing examples. I was lucky to marry well and have forty-two very happy years with Ron. We have six amazing children (three biological and their spouses). My granddaughters and grandson could make me laugh so hard; tears would stream down my face. I often felt I had won the lottery of life! I experienced no greater joy than to hang with my family and friends. I loved working for Intermountain Healthcare for almost 39 years before HLH changed my path and I retired.
As I campaigned door-to-door during my husband's elections, I could tell the health of a community by the laughter of children. I believe that if we do everything we can to nurture our children more troubles in the world could be resolved.
I have requested that my body be donated to the U of U Body Donor Program. Maybe someday the mysteries of HLH will be unleashed by science and others will avoid the pain of this rare disease.
I am survived by my husband Ron, the man I loved with all of my heart, children Lisa (Ric) Miller, Cindy (Monk) Banks, Jeffrey (Lori) Allen and granddaughters Jane, Tess, grandson Leif, fur grandbabies, siblings, nephews, nieces, great friends and neighbors. Thank you all for being my family and friends, I love you forever and always!
Thanks to the many doctors, nurses and specialists at IHC, Utah Cancer Center and Community Nursing Services who gave me almost 3 years of extra time. After my diagnosis we all knew that everyday was a gift.
A celebration of life for family and friends will be held at the Stansbury Park Clubhouse on Wednesday the 23rd of November from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please donate to Utah MDA or your favorite other charity.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Nov. 20, 2016
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