Wanda Lee Allen

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YELLOW SPRINGS Wanda Lee Allen, After enjoying nearly 92 years of life, Wanda Lee Allen died peacefully at the Friends Care Center in Yellow Springs, OH January 19, 2013. Born in West Terre Haute, IN on April 1, 1921, the youngest of seven children of Earl and Kathryn (Gilligan) Denham, she married her Marine, Frank Allen, in 1941 and was preceded in death by him 51 years later. During their marriage, they lived in several states as they traveled to various military stations throughout the country. In her early years, she worked at the Quaker Maid Factory in Terre Haute, as a payroll employee at a hospital in Coronado, CA, and later as a bookkeeper for a large department store in Terre Haute. After moving to Xenia in 1980, she volunteered for many years at the FISH pantry. Her primary hobby was cooking and baking, and she continued to feed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren until early December of 2012. Wanda is survived by her three children, Rebecca (David) Rubin of Xenia; Linda (Lloyd) Tarrh of Noblesville, IN; and Thomas (Debbie) Allen of Lancaster, OH; four grandchildren, Robert Rubin of Oakwood, OH; Beth (Brian Potts) Rubin of Yellow Springs, OH; Scott (Stacy) Tarrh of Belmont, MI; and Emily Allen of Lancaster, OH; and six great-grandchildren, Olivia Rubin, Henry Potts-Rubin, Isabel Rubin-Alvarez, Natalia Rubin-Alvarez, Zachary Tarrh, and Mackenzie Tarrh. She also leaves behind and had a special fondness for her nephews and nieces, Richard (Pam) Dowell of Terre Haute, IN; Jack Dowell of Terre Haute, IN; Terry (Penny) Dowell of Worthington, IN; Lana Dowell of Katy, TX; Donna (Ray) Dailey of Rosedale, IN; and Walt (Runette) Roberts of Greenwood, IN. She counted among her friends Charlotte Rangi, Judy Minton, Judy Khoii, Janet Mcllvaine, Leslie Grayson, Peg Cannon, Jack Harding, Ray Lodwig, Mary Gavin, Nellie Strunk, and most especially, Tiffany Knisley, and the family thanks them for their support and friendship. Lovingly known as "Granny Goodwitch" by her grandchildren, she will be forever remembered for her jelly cookies, homemade noodles, and marshmallow fudge. To the very end, she spoke of baking apple pies for her wonderful son-in-law, David. For all who knew her, she was an avid fan of Indiana basketball and the Cincinnati Reds, and she could play a mean game of scrabble with the best of them. She looked forward to her nightly phone call from her dedicated and loving granddaughter, Beth, and her Sunday visits from her first-born and much-loved grandson, Bobby, and his young daughters. She was very proud of the accomplishments of her granddaughter, Emily, and grandson, Scott, and she was happy she lived long enough to see the newest additions to her family, her great-grandchildren, Zac and Mackenzie. She had the honor of being a member of the Greatest Generation, and we cherish the time we had with her and the memories she leaves behind. "Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney sweepers, come to dust"Shakespeare. A private gathering of family and friends will be held at the McColaugh Funeral Home. Private burial will follow at the Woodland Cemetery. There will be no services. Online condolences may be sent to Services in care of McColaugh Funeral Home, Xenia.
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