ALLEN, Shirley Kathleen - ~An extraordinary woman for her time~ Orangeville, Ontario, Shirley Kathleen Allen, 85, wife of 67 years to Kenneth Ray Allen, both residents in Avalon Retirement Lodge, died Saturday, November 3, 2012. Born in West Bromwich, near Birmingham, England, September 22, 1927, Shirley married Ken in England on May 17, 1945, arriving in Canada in May 1946. Shirley and Ken's four children: Kathryn Louise (Panton), who predeceased her in 1973, Jeffrey Michael of Columbia, SC, Victoria Lynne (Reed) of Columbia, SC and Stephanie Beth (MCKenna) of Orangeville, ON, provided her with 11 grandchildren and five great- grandchildren, who will miss her dearly. During almost 45 years in aviation, Shirley contributed much of her time, energy and enthusiasm to the promotion of women in flight from Ninety-Nines' programs to the international recognition of women pilots and, most recently, to the preservation of the history of the First Canadian Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. A celebration of Shirley's life and many accomplishments will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2012, between 1 and 3 p.m., at the Dods & MCNair Funeral Home & Chapel, 21 First Street, Orangeville. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, any memoriam considered be made to the Alzheimer Society. (Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com)
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Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 1, 2012