She was born June 14, 1930, to the late H.E. and Eileen (Glass) Allen, of Renfrow, Kentucky, and married to Ethel Cook Jr. on Sept. 17, 1948, who passed on March 26, 1965.
At the age of 34, she found herself a single mother of nine children, ages 16 months to 15 years. Throughout the times that followed, she faced hardship after hardship, disappointment, and pain. But, like a beacon in the storm, her love for and commitment to her family never faltered.
She was devoted to loved ones, sons and daughters, sons- and daughters-in-law, as well as her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. With a kind word, a smile, and soft voice, all were welcomed into her home, a place of peace, of acceptance and of love.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother, James Allen, and daughter-in-law, Mona (Ford) Cook.
She is survived by her nine children, daughter, Beverly Ashby; sons, Robert (Mary Lou); son, Leonard; daughter, Pamela Wilson (Kenneth); son, Danny (Elizabeth); daughter, Lola Austin (Harold); son, Mark (Gay); daughter, Rebecca Williams; and daughter, Mary Sarah; her beloved grandchildren, Shelley Patterson, Sabrina Reed (Matt), Dennis (Sarah), Eve Baker (Freddie),Danielle Smith (Eric), Brandy Smith (Justin), Allen (Michelle), Noah Ashby, Kristi Reed (Justin), Arthur (Miranda), Cassandra Bryant (Jonathan), Jacob Williams (Melanie), Harrison (Rachel), and Stuart; dearest great-grandchildren, Chancellor, Breeze, Gracie, Alex, Trey, Marshall, Emerson, Claire, Elise Mona, Caroline, Cole, Shepherd, Rogan, Taylor, Bryson, Emily, Ella, Kody, Nicholas, Avery, Peter, Kensington, Jackson, and Charlotte; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was a devoted member of Sugar Grove Church of Christ, Renfrow, where she found support and comfort throughout her life.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dec. 2, at Bevil Bros. Funeral Home, Beaver Dam, Kentucky. Funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 2.
Online condolences may be made at bevilbrosfuneralhomes.com.