Clara Allen

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Clara Allen

September 06, 1918 - December 20, 2018

Clara Allen Clara Allen, 100, of Anderson, passed away Dec. 20, 2018, at Miller's Merry Manor in Chesterfield.
Clara was born Sept. 6, 1918, near Dana, Illinois, in LaSalle County. She was the daughter of Amos Kellie and Lorella Ethel Swartz. She married John Thomas Allen on June 16, 1943, in West Palm Beach, Florida. He preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 2005.
She is survived by a son, Don Allen of Anderson; three granddaughters, Angela (Tony) Gray, Amie (Darren) Gardner, and Kristy (Landis) Walker; eight great-grandchildren, Coleton and Kennedy Gray, Addison and Ava Gardner, Jordan and Kaylen Cage, and Brooke and Christopher Webber, all of Anderson.
Other survivors are a sister-in-law Betty, of Bloomington, Illinois, and several special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers, Amos W. Swartz, John Samuel Swartz, and Ernest M. Swartz; and one sister, Mildred E. Yeazel.
Clara was a 1936 graduate of Dana Township High School in Dana, Illinois. She received a two-year diploma from Illinois State University and a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Illinois. She was an educator for 36 years.
Clara was a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Danville, Illinois, and a member of UMW. Other memberships were the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association.
Clara was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Clara's family wishes to thank the staff at Millers Merry Manor in Chesterfield for their excellent care and concern for Clara during her four-year stay there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. James United Methodist Church in Danville, IL, 504 N. Vermillion St, 61832.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Danville, Illinois.
Services were handled by Legacy Cremation and Funeral Service-Anderson.
Published on December 21, 2018
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Gene and Jan Swartz
Dec 23, 2018
Clara was a very special person! Many wonderful memories.
Love and blessings to all of you!
Shirley Fisher
Dec 21, 2018
Thank you family for letting me be with you Wednesday night. It was a privilege to be able to spend time and pray with you and Clara. I pray that your grief will be absolutely saturated with all your sweet memories of your dear Mother, Grandma and Great-Grandma, and trusting that The Lord will hold you close. Blessings...