On October 20, 2007 after a short illness Mattie M. Allen went home to be with the Lord and her heavenly loved ones.
She was beloved by many and will be truly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
She was born as one of twins in Washington, D.C. on August 20, 1918. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Arlington, Virginia where she grew up. She showed her resilient spirit from the day she was born.
At the birth of her and her sister, Ruth, doctors set her aside as they didn't think she would live and while attending to Ruth, she let them know she wasn't ready to give up with her lusty cry. She began driving when she was eleven because her Mom needed to go to doctor appointments and was too ill to drive, so Mattie did it. She was given a special license to be able to drive at such an early age.
Her many exciting exploits are well known throughout our family. She was married at age 18 and left with "Andy" Anderson, her Navy husband to live in Hawaii where her first son, Ralph was born. They moved back to the states and she lived in Seattle when Andy was transferred to Alaska. After one more transfer to Virginia, they were given the opportunity to decide where they would be transferred the next time Mattie suggested they put Oak Harbor at the bottom of the list in the hopes they would be able to come back to the Pacific Northwest. It worked! They moved to Clear Lake where her second son, Richard was born. She live in Clear Lake for more than sixty years, working at the Clear Lake Market, at the Stokely-VanCamp Freezer Plant, as a hostess at the Cranberry Tree and others.
She was an avid bowler, a golfer, a member of the Elks, the Moose and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She lovingly nursed Andy until his death in 1972. Eight years later she married Dave Allan of Mount Vernon. They traveled, danced and became very involved in the Community by continuing the Jolly Time Dance Club at the Hillcrest Lodge.
Dave played the piano and Mattie worked in the kitchen, took the fee for entrance and played Cupid to the many couples she brought together in the ensuing years. She continued her love of travel until the last days of her life. She thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Branson, Missouri that included a lovely visit with her family there; an extended trip to Alaska in May and as many bus trips as she could fit into her busy schedule. She loved Bingo and joined many friends in playing the game. She was an avid Mariner's fan & loved going to the games on the Skagit County Parks and Recreation bus.
She is preceded death by her husband, Dave Allan, her sons, Ralph and Richard Anderson, her first husband, Vivian (Andy) Anderson and her three sisters and four brothers.
She is survived by daughter-in-laws & husbands, Carlee & Doug Sinrud & Jeannette & Don Dampier; special niece, Tish Campbell & Tish's daughter, Cynthia Reardon; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews and as many friends as the stars in the sky.
A memorial service will be held at Hawthorne Chapel (1825 East College Way, Mount Vernon) on Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 11:00 am.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held at Hillcrest Park Lodge (13th & Blackburn) from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be given to Northwest Kidney Center (1617 East Division Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) or to a charity of your choice.