Marilyn Allen

Marilyn Sue Jenkins Allen Born in Earlsboro, Oklahoma on December 17th, 1932 to Victor and Thelma Jenkins, Sue was the first of four children, and as the oldest, took that role very seriously. Always a leader, she took a quiet, but firm approach to this role. When Sue was a sophomore in high school, her family moved to Dinuba, California. Moving to a new school, a new state and leaving all that was familiar did not seem to cramp Sue's ability to be a successful student. Being chosen to attend Girls' State in Sacramento during the summer between her Junior and Senior year seemed to attest to that. Sue had many friends, some of whom were also friends of her future husband, Bill Allen, from the neighboring town of Orosi. They were destined to meet right after high school graduation, when they began a four year dating relationship which took them through college graduation, Sue from San Jose State, and Bill from Stanford. The two schools were only 18 miles apart, which made dating very convenient. They were married in the summer of 1954, following their respective graduations. The happy occasion occurred two weeks before the marriage of her sister, Ginger, and Jerry Munson. The two couples shared the wedding dress, the church, decorations and nearly sixty future years of wedded bliss, laughter, family parties, trips and children, who all grew up basking in the light and love of two examples of how great a marriage can be. While Bill was in Veterinary school at U.C. Davis, Sue supported them by teaching school in nearby Woodland. In 1958, they moved to Reedley, where Bill began his practice and Sue continued teaching, primarily Kindergarten. It was during this time that they were blessed with the birth of their children, Ginger and Dan. The young family moved to Visalia in 1967, where Bill joined a three-man Veterinary practice and Sue continued teaching school and raising their two children. Sue enjoyed many motor home trips throughout the United Stated and Canada with her family and friends, also traveling with her husband to Europe and the Holy Land, and in later years, to France with her daughter, Ginger and daughter-in-law, Sandy. During their empty nest years, Bill and Sue would spend the week of New Year's at the coast with their beloved sister Ginger and brother-in-law Jerry Munson playing cards all week with their Bridge group. Sue was an excellent teacher, not only in the public school system, but also at the Methodist Church in Visalia for many years. As anyone knows who has visited her home, she was a world-class hostess. She was a wonderful mother and for almost 60 years, a devoted and loving wife. She will be greatly missed and forever loved by her husband Bill, daughter Ginger Patricia and son, Liam Maxwell Barszcz; son John Daniel and wife Sandy, and their son Jackson William Allen; her beloved brothers Vic Jenkins and Jerry Jenkins and families, and the many, many other family members and friends who were such a big part of her incredible life. A service for Sue will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 4th at the Visalia United Methodist Church, with a private family graveside ceremony at a later date. Arrangements have been made through Dopkins Funeral Chapel in Dinuba, and in lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Harry Wood Foundation at the Visalia United Methodist Church.


Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 1, 2013