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Mary Margaret Allen, age 74, of Sheridan, passed away Sunday evening, January 6, 2019 at her home under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Michigan.  The daughter of John Peter & Mary Margaret (O’Hara) Ortman, she was born on April 30, 1944 in Detroit.

On January 10, 1962, in Newport News, Virginia, she married Clarence Michael “Mike” Allen while he was serving with the U.S. Navy.  Together they raised five children and would have celebrated their 57th anniversary on Thursday.  Mary's  greatest joy was in time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents;  and a daughter, Nikkol Allen. 

Surviving are her husband, Mike Allen of Sheridan;  their children, Helaine Allen of Grand Rapids, Patrick & Tracie Allen of Allegan, Vaughn & Sheila Allen of Lansing, and Dawn Allen of Ellabell, Georgia;  nine grandchildren;  seven great-grandchildren;  five brothers and sisters;  and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family remembrance is being planned for a later date. 

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Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Rose Nichols on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for the loss of your spouse.-á If I might share some memories with you and your children of when she and I were young mothers.-á I was visiting with-ámy sister shortly after our firstborns (your son, Doug, and my son, Brian) were barely a year old.-á We were heading to the beach and had just pulled out of the driveway when we spotted a bee in the car and became frantic that it might sting us.-á In our panic, she pulled out and did not see an oncoming car and we hit head-on.-á While we were banged up with Mary bleeding on her arm and I had bruised up my knees and thighs we still wanted to go to the beach, so we cleaned up and continued onto the beach.-á I guess when you are younger you just don’t let minor things like a car wreck keep you from having fun!!-á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -á -áWhen she was learning to drive a stick shift she would have a problem with what gear to put it in when we arrived at our destination.-á We drove into town one day and she ran into the store while I stayed in the car with the boys.-á After she went in, the car started rolling downhill and I had to reach past the boys and hold down the clutch and the brake with my hands to stop the car until she came out.-á When we got to her house she “parked” the car in front of her landlady’s house and as we headed into Mary’s house we heard the landlady screaming and turned around to see the car rolling towards her porch!!-á I don’t know if she ever mastered driving a stick shift but it sure was exciting to drive with her!!!

  2. Pauline Verougstraete on January 8, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I remember when Jerry and I were up at college.-á Whenever we went over to visit, she always had a hot home cooked meal and a smile.-á We would play cards with her and Mike.-á-á
    After I had Gretchen,y our mom would watch her one day a week for me so I could work.-á There are so many fond memories of your mom.-á We are so grateful for the time we spent with her.-á-á
    We are praying for your whole family.-á-á

  3. Sally Allen on January 9, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of Mary. I remember when we were younger and how much fun Mary was. I was in a state of laughter most of the times we were together. A lot of it was over her learning how to drive. It was truly a wild ride. I was so flattered when she said she loved my potato salad and always wanted me to make it when we had get togethers because I know I was no where close to as good a cook as she was, and she made great potato salad. When I was in High School and Mike and Mary lived close to the school, I would walk over there at lunch hour and she would make me tuna salad with hard boiled egg in it ( I still eat it that way today). Sometimes I didn’t go back to school but she never told anyone. She was the best secret keeper. My love and prayer’s for your family.

  4. Russell wright on January 12, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Aunt Mary made the worlds best fried chicken! It was always my favorite place to visit as a child because I knew she would always make my favorite. Her laugh was infectious, and I will miss her dearly.

    Russ Wright

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