Bettie Rogers Allen, age 93, passed away September 10, 2021 in Orlando. Bettie was born in Tampa, Florida May 19, 1928. She is the daughter of Lallie Tipton and John Franklin Rogers. Bettie grew up in Tampa's Hyde Park neighborhood and graduated from Plant High School. In 1946 she enrolled at the University of Georgia and studied elementary education. Bettie joined Chi Omega sorority and was tapped for membership in Mortar Board. In 1950 Bettie married Walter G. (Buckie) Allen, Jr, of Tampa where Buckie joined the family business, Allen Drug Company, founded by his grandfather. He and Bettie ultimately settled in Orlando, a city they dearly loved.
Bettie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a Deacon, a member of the Intercessory Prayer Team, and a Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church Orlando, where she and Buckie were active members for more than 50 years. She was also a member of the Greater Orlando Junior League, the Rosalind Club, and she delivered Meals on Wheels for several years. In her neighborhood, church, and among her friends, Bettie was known and loved for her humble acts of kindness, joy in serving others, and strong faith in God. She was an avid gardener and helped start the "Prayer Garden" at Westminster Towers where she spent the last eight years of her life.
Bettie was predeceased by her husband Buckie, and sister, Lallie Rogers Burke. Survivors include her daughter Bonnie Elizabeth Allen; son and daughter-in law Frank and Kathy Allen and their children Ben and Emily; son and daughter-in law Bill and Grace Allen and their children Lindsay Gainer (Tommy) and their children Mary Francis and Anderson; Robin Peterson (Todd) and their children Anna, Elizabeth, Lucy and Charlotte; and Chase Allen (Stephanie) and their children Jack and Payton. Bettie is also survived by her niece Rebecca Burke Keightley (Bill).
A private memorial service for family will be held at a date in the future. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and IDignity of Orlando.
Published by Orlando Sentinel from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.
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Mrs. Allen was a lovely person and a great friend to my mother. I appreciated her (and Bonnie's) support when I lost my mother 30 years ago. I regret that I cannot travel to Florida for the funeral, but the whole Allen family has my condolences.
Martha Slettedahl Hayden
September 16, 2021
Bettie was my fantastic friend at W. T. O. She was a dynamic Christian Sister in Christ!! Ed was a frat bro of Buckie at U.F. I knew Buckie´s father. He gave me a sterling Silver baby cup when I was born 1930
Our 3 drug stores gave Buckie lots of business. A.D.Co. I pray at Bettie´s Prayer Garden and love her birds. Bro Ed Moses. Pharmacist
September 16, 2021
Mrs. Allen was part of the network that kept watch over the gaggle of kids that roamed Rowena Park in the 50s and 60s. Bill Allen was one of my earliest friends, and the Allens knew my parents. It was a great neighborhood in which to grow up, thanks to folks like Bonnie Allen, and I will always be grateful for the safe place they provided. My condolences to Bill and the Allen family.
September 16, 2021
Frank and Bonnie - Your mother was one of the sweetest women I have ever known. She was unfailingly kind, always gracious and a loving, humble servant. I always loved seeing her at church and she would always call when we were facing tough news. She left a legacy of caring wherever she went. The world needs more Bettie Allens. I am so sorry for your loss - much love to you both.