Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 23, 2012

Betty M. (Ballew) Allen


Daily Iowegian

BILLINGS, Mont. — Betty M. (Ballew) Allen, 90, of Billings, Mont. and a former resident of App-anoose County, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at the Aspen Meadows in Billings, Mont.

She was born the daughter of Richard Lee and Marie (Chambers) Ballew Oct. 30, 1921 near Moravia. She graduated from the Moulton High School in Moulton in 1939. She would later attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

She worked 33 years at Osco Drug and later transferred to the corporate headquarters in Chicago, Ill. where she was the secretary to the president for 25 of those years.

On April 25, 1981 Betty was united in marriage to Craig Allen in West Dundee, Ill. She was the founder of the Elgin Alzheimer's Family Support Group in Elgin, Ill.; served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association; served on the Board of Directors for the Elgin, Ill. YWCA and was once elected Woman of the Year at the YWCA. Betty served two and a half years in Costa Rica with a Latin-American Mission Board. Betty also enjoyed traveling with groups to Europe, Russia, Egypt and Israel on many occasions. She had a love for music, art, nature, reading, crossword puzzles and had a butterfly collection.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Craig Allen on July 20, 1987; and a brother, George G. Ballew.

Betty is survived by:  step children, Mary Jane Cope and her husband, Jay of Barrington, Ill., William Allen and his wife, Mary of Boca Raton, Fla. and James Allen and his wife, Pat of Three Rivers, Mich.; her brothers, John Richard Ballew and his wife, Frances of Des Moines and Jim Ballew and his wife, Jean of Centerville; sister-in-law Ruby Ballew of Moberly, Mo.; nephews, Tom Ballew of Moberly, Mo., Steve Ballew of Romeo, Mich., Dan Hargrave of Centerville; and nieces, Judith Foster of Billings, Mont., May Voris of Halfway, Mo. and Sandra Reeves and Debra Burford both of Des Moines.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Sunset View Cemetery north of Moulton with Dan Hargrave officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday morning from 10-11 a.m. at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with the family present.  

Memorials may be made to either the Alzheimer's Association or to the Gideon's and can be left or mailed to the funeral home.

The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville is caring for the Allen family at this time and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.