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Annabelle Buckner Allen, 37, passed away, with her family by her side, on Monday, February 10, 2014. She was born Aug. 21, 1976, in Kansas City, Mo., to Robert and Christy Buckner. She was the youngest child, only by 15 months, which caused the relationships with her siblings to be quite "spirited." She excelled in school and was your typical over-achiever much to her siblings' annoyance. After a quick semester in Virginia for college, Annabelle changed her ever-changing mind and graduated early (no surprise) from the University of Kansas in 1998. After a couple of jobs in social work, she decided that it would be a lucrative career and decided to get her Master's in Social Work from KU, graduating in 2003. For the next several years, she worked in non- profits, wanting to make a positive difference in our community, eventually moving to Colorado for a change of scenery and new opportunities. Upon moving back to Kansas City to be closer to family and much to her father's dismay, she decided to change career paths to yet another profitable job, teaching. After graduating with honors from Rockhurst University in record time (mainly because no math was involved), Annabelle began teaching second grade at Red Bridge Elementary. This was her true calling. Unfortunately after only teaching for three months, she was diagnosed with non-smoking, terminal lung cancer. Despite fighting her illness, she continued and adored teaching for the next two years, finding humor and motivation through her students. To the surprise of everyone, in the summer of 2009, Annabelle's longtime friendship with an amazing man, Tom Allen, turned romantic and eventually led to marriage in 2011. Despite the bad luck with her health, Annabelle was proud to say that she and Tom had one of the greatest love stories of all time. Although no children of their own, Annabelle and Tom loved their nieces and nephew immensely and cherished their time they shared together. Annabelle will be known for her impeccable organizational skills, quick wit (she wrote that) and enormous charm (she wrote that too). One of her more memorable quotes forever will be, "My funeral will cost more than my wedding." Annabelle was preceded in death by her father, Robert Buckner; both grandfathers; paternal grandmother; and cousin, Erin. She is survived by her dashing husband, Tom; perfect mother, Christy; adorable sister, Margaret and her husband Jim; talented brother, Brad and his wife Amie; and so close to her heart, her nieces and nephew, Leila, Libby, Dorothy, Annabelle and Edwin. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kan. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Annabelle Buckner Allen Foundation for Lung Cancer Research, 1055 Broadway, Suite 130, Kansas City, MO 64105 or online at Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at Arr.: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Johnson County Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66210 (913) 451-1860.

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Published in Kansas City Star from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2014.
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July 2, 2014
Thinking of you everyday!
Trista Crilly
February 28, 2014
Tom, I will so miss seeing Annabelle pop into the Starbucks. Even in her illness, she always brightened my day. She may be gone but she will never be forgotten. She touched so many lives with her beautiful smile and her determination.
Angela Reinhardt
February 20, 2014
I didn't know her but was touched by her beautiful obituary. I am so sorry for the loss of a wonderful young woman. My prayers go out to you.
Mary Shelley,LMSW
February 15, 2014
Dear Tom,
As I write I am looking at this wonderful photo of you Annabelle with Summit and Sophie. May the joy that shows in this photo be with you in the years ahead as you recall your precious memories together. Sending our love and condolences.
Don and Teddyann Madison
February 15, 2014
What wonderful words for such a beautiful, giving and loving young lady. Christy, we know your loss is weighing heavy on you and your family, but you all have the most incredible memories of a very special daughter, sister, aunt, and wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Tom and the rest of her family.
Carol and Bud Price
February 15, 2014
What an amazing woman. We will miss you, Annabelle. With light and love, the McGilley family
Peggy McGilley
February 14, 2014
It's obvious where Annabelle got her delicious sense of humor and wit. Christy, you always beamed when you spoke of her. I'm sorry I never had the chance to meet her. May the strong and loving bond you forged give you the strength to move forward. You surely have a treasure trove of beautiful memories. Hold them close. I know Annabelle was being funny, but I also have no doubt you were indeed the "perfect mother" to her. The Feinstein family is sending you much, much love.
Gloria, Eddie, "Jeffrey Max" and Abbie Feinstein
February 13, 2014
My heart is heavy.
Sharon Brown
February 13, 2014
I didn't' know you Annabelle but your humorous, loving summary of your life, after the chuckles, touched me deeply and moved me to tears. Thank you for being an angel on earth, here to inspire others on their journey towards love and humility.
Lyndsie coon
February 12, 2014
My thoughts are with your family! She was such a wonderful. Loving person! I will always remember her!
robin harding
February 12, 2014
Annabelle, it was a pleasure to have known you. You have brought many people much joy. Rest in Peace my friend.
ted porter
February 12, 2014
I uses to babysit the Buckner children. I loved it. They were all so sweet and fun. Annabelle was an adorable little girl with a twinkle in her eyes and loved piggyback rides. I've not seen the family in years, but remember them all fondly. God bless you all and may the lovely memories of Annabelle live on.
Amy (Felkner) Kirkpatrick
February 12, 2014
What a beautiful tribute. Sending love and prayers to you and your family, Ms. Buckner.
Kristin Gutek Luscher
February 12, 2014
My heart is full of delightful thoughts of Annabell and her wonderful family. !
Lynn and Ed Whitcher
February 12, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with Annabelle when she taught at Red Bridge Elementary. Her enthusiasm and honest determination were incredible. It was an honor and an inspiration to have known Annabelle. My thoughts and prayers for consolation are with her family now.
Mary O'Leary
February 12, 2014
Annabelle will truly be missed. She had a fighting spirit in her that I admired. Although I only worked with her for a short couple of years, I was in awe of her determination to continue teaching and loving her students, even on the days that she didn't feel great. May God bless your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
~Danelle Marsden, former Principal of Red Bridge Elementary
February 12, 2014
I didn't know Annabelle personally, but many of my friends knew and loved her. Reading this made me wish she had been my friend too. Christy Buckner was my beloved and hilarious kindergarten teacher at Sunset Hill, so it makes sense that Annabelle was also truly gifted with children and teaching. I know from experience that the funny gene is strong in this family. This is a heartbreaking loss for the Buckner family and everyone who knew Annabelle. My deepest sympathy for your loss.
Sara Logan
February 12, 2014
Christy, What an awesome obituary and tribute to your daughter. May you find peace in your memories and love for Annabelle.
Helen Mann
Liberty High School, Class '56
Helen MNN
February 12, 2014
I am very sad about your loss Christy;I am thinking about you,tom
tom wood
February 12, 2014
I had no idea about her diagnosis and struggle. I went to high school with Annabelle. I left every encounter with Annabelle feeling better. She was kind and positive. I will always have a fond memory of her.

I lost my brother 2 years ago to brain cancer...My condolences to her family. I hope that you recieve the love and support needed to get through this. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. -Jesse Rosser
Jesse Rosser
February 12, 2014
Sorry for your loss, there is hope for mankind. That hope is in the Bible at Act 24:15.
February 12, 2014
What an awesome tribute to a fun, strong, and classy gal. I will miss you, Annabelle. In the bonds, sister.
Catherine Jackson Frazier
February 12, 2014
This exemplifies the Annabelle I knew and loved. Her organizational skills far outweighed mine and her charm and wit were tenfold. Such a brave woman and fighter for all.

Annabelle's 2nd grade teaching partner
Tanya Coach
February 12, 2014
She was the bravest womn I have ever known. I'm thankful her pain is over. May God bless all those her mourn her here on Earth. So very, very sorry for your horrible loss.
Libby MAkris
February 11, 2014
To a wonderful family we love so much.
Marsha & Dana Blay
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