NEW SHARON — Mildred “Mickey” Allen, 93, of New Sharon, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oskaloosa.
Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Holland-Coble Funeral Home in New Sharon. Burial will be held in the Highland Cemetery in New Sharon. Visitation will begin after 12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the funeral home with the family present from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s Activities Department. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.hollandcoblefuneralhomes.com. Holland-Coble Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mildred “Mickey” Irene Allen, daughter of Fred and Stella (Clemmons) McGriff, was born Oct. 18, 1920, near New Sharon. Mildred attended and graduated from New Sharon High School with the class of 1938. On Nov. 28, 1938, Mickey married Cyril James Allen in Trenton, Mo., making their home in New Sharon. To this union two children were born, Larry Edward and Vivian Jean. Mickey was the typical farmer’s wife, farming side by side with her husband Cyril for many years until retirement. After retirement, they bought a home in Arizona living there six months out of the year and they spent several summers in Washington state. They spent their time going to flea markets, visiting with family and playing many card games with friends. Mickey prided herself with her cooking – making coffee time for the farm help, homemade bread, pancakes for the grandchildren, and churning her own butter. Mickey’s last 9 years was spent at Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab where she loved the staff and considered them her true friends.
Mickey was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cyril; her six siblings, Dorothy Dalton, Mike McGriff, Pearl Furubotten, John McGriff, Ila Butterbaugh, and Pat Hackett; a daughter-in-law, Eva; one great-grandchild and one great-great-grandchild.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Larry (Bonnie) Allen, of Enumclaw Wash., and Vivian (Roger) Robinson, of New Sharon; one brother, Jim (Mary) McGriff, of Box Elder, S.D., one sister, Virginia (Joe) Evans-Grife, of Barnes City, and a brother-in-law, Roy Hackett, of Phoenix, Ariz. One of her greatest joys was being with her grandchildren: Alan (Eleanor) Robinson, Sandi Robinson, Kurt (Kathy) Allen, Rob (Melanie) Robinson, Christoph (Lisa) Allen, and Thomas (Maria) Allen; 11 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.