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SPARTANBURG, SC-- Mae Young Allen, 96, of Spartanburg, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home from the stress of major spinal surgery. Born Nannie Mae Young on October 28, 1915, in Montpelier, Louisiana, she was the widow of Edgar Lee Allen and daughter of the late Edwin and Annie George Young.
Mae attended college at what is now Spartanburg Methodist College, where she met and married Edgar and they had two children, Jean and Michael Allen. Michael passed away from brain and spinal cancer on August 25, 2010, and left Mae with two grandsons, Christopher and Mathew. Christopher is in medical school at Saba Medical School in Saba, Netherlands Antilles, and Mathew, a rising cellist star is attending the Cleveland Institute of Music. Jean is married to James P. Harvey, and resides in Hendersonville NC, but has been in constant attendance at her mother's side since her injury on April 14, 2012.
Mae and Edgar were Charter members of Morningside Baptist Church and loved their church family. Mae was a member of the Loyalty and Rebekah Sunday School Classes and truly loved her class friends. She was a devoted Braves fan and spent her married life as a homemaker, wonderful cook, seamstress, and loved canning and freezing the bounty of her husband's large garden. After Jean was in college, Mae worked at Belk's on Main Street for eleven years in the men's department. She had a good eye for helping gentlemen choose a suit and coordinating accessories. Her attention to detail, though unimposing, brought back satisfied customers for many years.
In the last 10 years at Summit Hills, she participated in many activities, especially her exercise class three days a week. She formed priceless new friendships there and will be remembered for her sweet and gentle nature. When people commented on her astounding health at her age, she always said, "I have been blessed in so many ways." Her family feels like they were blessed for having her as their mother, counselor, and teacher by example.
Visitation will be 1:30-2:30 PM Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM in the Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Kirk H. Neely and the Rev. Mike McGee. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Morningside Baptist Church, 897 South Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302; or Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Mary Black Memorial Hospital and Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home for the love and care they gave to Mae. The family also wishes to express their appreciation for the compassionate assistance at The J. F. Floyd Mortuary.
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com
Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from May 26 to May 27, 2012