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Viola Blanche Benear Allen

Dewey County Record
13 Jul 1995

Viola Blanche Allen was born to Peter Randall Benear and Muhulda Wells Benear on May 23, 1893 in Bartlesville, Indian Territory. She departed this life in Leedy, Oklahoma July 7, 1995 at the age of 102 years, one month and 14 days.

She moved to the Trail Community with her parents when an infant. She attended the Trail School and grew to womanhood in the home of her parents.

ON December 27, 1911 Viola was united in marriage with George R. Allen in the parsonage of the Trail Church by Mr. Jones who was a justice of the peace. Five children were born to this union: Melvin, Marjorie, Leroy, David, Randall. Mr. and Mrs. Allen also raised their niece, Wilma Frances Vinyard Day, as one of their own children.

Their home was established in various communities during their married life. Their first home was in Trail before moving to Colburn, Idaho for two years where Mr. Allen engaged in logging and then they moved on to Calgary, Canada for a period of two years where Mr. Allen worked for the Wild Horse Ranch. They returned to Dewey County after their stay in Canada where they again lived in Trail for a while before establishing their home in Vici and then in Camargo where they spent most of their married life together.

For the majority of her life, Mrs. Allen was engaged in farming with her husband. She was an extraordinary homemaker and community worker. Her own home and family were well kept and her yard would come alive with flowers in the spring and bloom throughout the summer months. Her relationship with her children and grandchildren remained exceptionally strong throughout her lifetime. She had a special compassion for those who became ill and could be counted on to help with nursing duties for any family member or any friend or member of the community.

Mrs. Allen had been baptized at an early age and was an active member of the Camargo Christian Church, actively participating in the Missionary Society and all the work of the church. She especially rejoiced in the marriages that occurred in her community and made many of the wedding cakes for those occasions. She was also an active member of the HOme Extension Club and received her 50 years pin for her long and faithful service to that organization.

Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Muhulda Benear; by her beloved husband George Ross Allen; by two sons, Melvin Ross Allen and Leroy Allen; by her beloved niece, Wilma Day; and by all 12 of her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Blanch Nichols of Leedy, Oklahoma; two sons David Lee Allen and George Randall Allen both of Oklahoma City; her beloved daughters-in-law, Iva Allen of Oklahoma City, Jean Allen of Skellytown, Texas and Mary Rose Allen of Vici, by 14 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; by numerous nieces and nephews, other dear relatives and many friends.

Services were held Monday, July 10, 1995, at the First Christian church in Camargo, Oklahoma, with Ewel Vaughn of Seiling officiating. Interment followed at Trail Cemetery by Shaw Funeral Home of Leedy.

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