CLAYTON - Terri Lynn Morris Allen, 58, peacefully passed away at her home on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Terri had fought a 22-year courageous battle with cancer, maintaining a positive attitude to the end. Her motto, "As long as I'm fighting, I'm winning" was the hallmark that not only inspired her, but many others as well.
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Terri, a native of Alamance County, was born on March 21, 1955, the daughter of Mr. Harris L. Taylor and Mrs. Frances Albright M. Taylor. She is the wife of Rudolph Faircloth Allen Jr. (Rudy) and the mother of Alexandria Rose Allen. Terri is survived by one brother, John L. Taylor and his wife, Rita; parents-in-law Rudolph and Belle Allen; sister-in-law Gwen Canady and her husband Steve; and numerous loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her biological father, Mr. Ervin L. Morris and her brother, Mr. Robert Keith Taylor.
Terri began her professional career working in medical records at Duke Hospital, Raleigh Community Hospital and the Raleigh Bone and Joint Clinic. In 1987, she joined the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services where she worked until retiring in January 2012. Terri started in the Veterinary Division, transferred to the Division of Statistics and later joined the Division of Public Affairs in 1998. It was in Public Affairs that Terri got to fulfill her love of agriculture by promoting its benefits, working annually at the state fair and developing an expanded work "family."
Terri loved her God, her family and all God's creations, especially her plants and animals. Next to spending time with her family, she was happiest when she was outside – working in her plants and flowers or caring for her animals, including sheep, chickens, cats and dogs. It was Terri's goal to learn to spin wool, but cancer interfered with her plans. Every tree, flower and creature in her beautiful yard experienced Terri's loving touch.
As she bravely fought cancer, Terri turned to running at the encouragement of her oncologist, Dr. Mark Yoffe, who was an avid runner. She began running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, but her determined spirit led her to tackle longer distances, often running while getting treatment. Terri would go in for doctor appointments having run early in the morning with her husband, Rudy. She amazed the nurses with her energy despite low blood counts and treatment side effects. Her decorated running career boasts the completion of a full marathon, five half-marathons and several races ranging from 3.1 to 10.2 miles. Many of these races were completed with family running by her side, as well as cheering her across the finish line. Dr. Yoffe even ran two races with her. Terri always finished her races with a smile on her face.
The family would like to thank Dr. Yoffe and all the wonderful nurses and caregivers at the North Carolina Cancer Center, whom Terri considered an extension of her family. They truly were partners in fighting Terri's cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Clayton, 411 N. Fayetteville St., with Dr. Mark White presiding. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall prior to the service beginning at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pretty In Pink Foundation Inc. (prettyinpinkfoundation.org) 2501 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 250, Raleigh, NC 27607; or, to the First Baptist Church of Clayton, P. O. Box 35, Clayton, NC 27528.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mclaurinatpinecrest.com
McLaurin Funeral Home
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Published in TheTimesNews.com from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2014