Angeline Irene Nickless Allen, Sept 7, 1921 to Mar 3, 2014
Angeline Irene Allen went home to the Lord on March 3, 2014 after a short illness. Irene was preceded in death by her husband A.D. Allen. Irene is survived by two sisters Margie Diles of Metropolis, Ill. And Geraldine Holmes of Alton, MO; and three children Paula Poage (David) of Perry, MO, Michael Allen (Stacy), of Stilwell Ks. Angela Simmons (Jim) of Warrensburg MO; 4 grand children, Karen Hinton, Shelly Ashlock, Caitlin and Matthew Simmons, and 5 great grandchildren, 3 step great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She was born at home to Arthur Aaron and Viola Pearl Nickless, in Many Springs, MO. Her Grandmother Nancy Angeline Hays delivered her while Grandfather Hays played the fiddle. Irene had one brother, Oliver and 4 sisters, Maxine, Lily, Margie and Geraldine. She grew up on the family farm, in Southern Missouri, hoeing cotton, and climbing apple trees. She loved to tell stories of her youth and young married life.
She regaled us with stories of walking 3 miles to school, barefooted, in order to save her new shoes. She would talk of garden parties, and her love of music, and dancing. She and her sisters would clear the hay loft floor and do the jitterbug. She Married Archie Delmar Allen,(A.D.), December 24, 1937, and they moved to Columbia, MO where A.D. attended MU. A.D. was drafted into the Army In 1943 after the birth of Paula, and was in Service until 1945. During that time Irene went to work in the Defense plant for Maquay-Norris airplane manufacturing, to build bomber planes for WWII. She was a Piston ring inspector. After the War A.D. completed his studies at MU, with a BS in Agronomy and MS in Science. They then relocated to Perry MO., where Michael was born in 1955, and Angela in 1961.
In 1961 A.D. took a teaching job at Ft. Leonard Wood, Junior High. And the family moved to Waynesville. Irene helped start the First Baptist Church Daycare and was a teacher and Director there for 12 years. She lived in Waynesville for 51 years.
In 1984 A.D. passed away, and at the age of 65, Irene got her driver’s license. She continued driving until she was 90 years old, and never had an accident. She loved her 1987 Chrysler New Yorker. One of her greatest joys in later life was driving to west Waynesville for dinner at Price Cutter. She loved her children and grand children dearly, and her daycare children. She enjoyed Fox news, apple pie and Cardinals Baseball games.
She influenced many lives, and never asked for anything in return. She was a faithful wife and wonderful mother. Our great loss is Heaven’s gain.
Waynesville Memorial Park
Waynesville, MO, 65583