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BARBARA ANN ALLEN Barbara Ann Allen, 81 of Vero Beach, FL; formerly a resident of the North Carolina Mountains, died June 2nd. She came to live in North Carolina Colony off 65th Avenue in 1971. She transferred here with Southern Bell Phone Company from which she retired after 32 years. Her favorite work story was her pitching stint for the company softball team in Atlanta, GA for many years. Barbara and her sister Grace Johnson were strong, loving workers in The First Baptist Church of Wabasso. They worked with children and youth. Missionaries at heart, they helped with the organization of Calvary Baptist when it was a mission. They went to Spain and Uruguay on mission trips and after retirement they worked with outreach and the care of the elderly in and around the Wabasso community. Barbara is survived by her sisters Grace Johnson of Vero Beach; Iris Ledford, Bakersville, NC and Patricia Barnett, Atlanta, GA. She is predeceased by her sisters Dolores Hall, Lucille Scorborough and Betty Roland; and brothers Laurel and Jerry Allen. Barbara is leaving a great legacy as a favorite aunt with many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Only heaven has a record of her influence on their lives and those of many "adoptees." A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1- 2PM, Saturday, June 7th with a Celebration of her life beginning at 2PM all at the First Baptist Church of Wabasso, 4720 86th Street, Sebastian, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to The Florida Baptist Children's Home P.O. Box 8190 Lakeland, FL 33902, a ministry that was close to Barbara's heart. There will be another celebration of Barbara's life for additional friend's and family in her beloved North Carolina mountains at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home, Sebastian, FL. An online guestbook is available at www.strunk funeralhome.com
Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory
1623 N. Central Avenue
Sebastian, FL 32958
Published in the TC Palm on June 5, 2014