Reta Allen of Wylie passed away at her residence on Nov. 6, 2012.
Mrs. Allen was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Allen. Her parents are the late James Shelby Ford and Alma Lue Young Ford.
Mrs. Allen grew up in the Parker area and graduated from Plano High School. After graduation she met and married W.C. Allen Jr. on Nov. 23, 1953, in Wylie. They made Wylie their home to raise their family, which consisted of sons, Larry Keith Allen and Danny Glen Allen. Mr. and Mrs. Allen had always wanted to buy the Moore Funeral Home located in downtown Wylie. They were finally able to fulfill their dream and bought it in 1970. It became Allen Funeral Home, and the family continues to run it today. They also operated the Allen Ambulance Service until the city of Wylie bought it.
Mrs. Allen was active in many organizations benefitting Wylie and its citizens. She served on the Wylie City Council from 1981 to 1983 and again from 1992 to 2006. She loved the city and the citizens of Wylie, and she always made herself available to talk to them about their worries, concerns or complaints.
Surviving Mrs. Allen is her son, Danny Allen and his wife Liz; daughter-in-law, Susan Allen; and four grandchildren, Paul Allen, Mindy Allen, James Allen and Marcus Allen. She is also survived by two sisters, Anita Lemons and Dolores Williams; six nieces, Nita Shellnut, Brenda Burroughs, Cheryl Deaton, Tommie Sue Lemons, Debbie Allen and Rhonda Brown and her husband Paul Krajcovic; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends.
Proceeding her in death were her parents, husband, W.C. Allen and her son, Larry Allen.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Allen Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Wylie. Dr. A.L. Draper and Minister Eric Hogue officiated. Interment followed in Wylie Cemetery.
Funeral services were under the direction of Allen Funeral Home.