Evelyn Courlette (Evie) Allen

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Evelyn (Evie) Courlette Allen August 9, 1912 - March 3, 2010 KEIZER - Evelyn (Evie) Courlette Allen, 97, passed from this life on the evening of Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Gibson Creek Retirement Residence in Salem, Oregon surrounded by loving members of her family. Evelyn was born in Fargo, North Dakota on August 9, 1912, and was the youngest of six children born to Henry and Ingeborg Hanson. Evelyn moved with her family to Bend, Oregon when she was eleven years old, when the population there was only 500, and she saw many changes as Bend grew in size. Her parents passed away within a year of each other when she was only in her mid-teens. She married the love of her life, Doran Allen, when she was 20, and they had six children. Evelyn dedicated her early years to providing a warm and loving home for her husband and children. Doran died suddenly in 1969, when Evelyn was 57. Several years later, Evelyn met a wonderful man, Leonard Langliers, who shared her life until his death in 1996, the same year both of her beloved sons passed away. With Leonard, Evelyn began a second life filled with fun that included joining many social clubs and activities, bowling, dancing, traveling, and learning to drive at the age of 61. She loved life, and lived with joy and enthusiasm. In 2002, Evelyn moved to Salem to be closer to her surviving family living in the Valley. She had a life-long deep faith, and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Bend. Evelyn dearly loved her grandchildren and great-grand children, having a special relationship with each one, and was in turn deeply loved by them. All who knew her, even if briefly, sensed her loving, caring, and accepting nature. In recent years, she counted among her many friends the kind staff and residents at Gibson Creek, where she spent the final 6 1/2 years of her life. She was greatly loved, and her presence in this world will be missed by many people. Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Doran L. Allen; her five brothers, Oscar, Harold, Stan, Walt, and Alph Hanson and all of their wives; and her two sons, Ron (survived by daughter in-law Carolyn) and Dick Allen. She is survived by her four daughters, Jeanne Molina and husband Lino of Vancouver, Washington; Courlette Swensen and husband Dick, and Sandra Tarter and husband Hank, both families of Keizer, Oregon; Ann Memory of Portland, Oregon; 14 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. There will be a celebration of Evelyn's life at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Keizer Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at Pilot Butte Cemetary in Bend. Memorials may be made to the Willamette Valley Hospice, 1015 3rd Street NW, Salem, OR 97304 or donate online at www.wvh.org. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 6, 2010
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