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Marilyn Jean Allen

Marilyn Jean McCluggage Allen, 86, of Searcy, passed away from this life on April 17, 2015, at the Oakdale Nursing Facility. She was the devoted wife of Jimmy R. Allen for 63 years and the beloved mother of Cindy Payne (Jeff) of Garland, Texas, Jimmy H. Allen (Anita) of Providence Rhode Island and Mike Allen (Cheryl) of Vienna, Virginia. She is also survived by two sisters; Marciele Hicks of Wichita, Kansas and Madge Lewis of Searcy. She also leaves behind seven "Mimi-loving" grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
Marilyn was born in Wichita, Kansas. She grew up on a farm in Rose Hill, Kansas, where she graduated from high school as the Valedictorian. Marilyn received her Elementary Education Degree from Harding College in 1950 and was named Petit Jean Queen of the school in 1949.
After her college graduation, Marilyn taught in elementary schools for four years prior to starting a family. In 1987, she was awarded the Harding University Distinguished Alumnus Award. She loved being a member of the Ladies' Bible Class and enjoyed the activities of the Red Hat Society. Beyond her family, her lasting legacy and delight was the large number of children she taught in multiple Bible classes at the College Church of Christ for approximately 50 years. Generations of children have grown up knowing about the Judges of Israel, the 12 Apostles and much more because of her memorable lessons and gentle teaching style.
Visitation will be 6-8 P.M. on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the College Church of Christ. Funeral Services will be 2 P.M, Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the College Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marilyn's memory can be sent to the "Jimmy and Marilyn Allen Bible Scholarships" at Harding University, HU Box 12238, Searcy, Arkansas 72149.

  • Visitation

    April 18, 2015
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    College Church of Christ

    712 E. Race Street
    Searcy, AR

  • Funeral Service

    April 19, 2015
    2:00 PM

    College Church of Christ

    712 E. Race Street
    Searcy, AR

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Mrs. Allen was one of the sweetest and kindest woman I have ever met. She was always genuinely interested in other people and made you feel special in conversation.

Posted by Kimberly Adams Kinser - Atlanta, GA - an admirer   April 21, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Fall semester, 1980, I was a transfer student hundreds of miles from home. Sitting down for lunch at Mrs. Allen's house was a special treat. In that one short interaction, with simple fare and heartfelt hospitality, Harding became home. Several Bible classes with Dr. Allen were not enough-I enjoyed and learned from every one. Prayers for the family and community in your loss!

Posted by Becky Cooper Coyle - Montgomery, AL - Harding Alum   April 21, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Comforting to know she was ready to go. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rob Pitts, Houston.TX

Posted by Rob Pitts - Cypress, TX - friend, brother   April 20, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I was honored and blessed to teach Sunday School with Mrs. Allen for a couple of years. She was a beautiful lady!

Posted by Laura Beth (Henderson) Harrison    April 20, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Praying for your peace and comfort during this hard time.

Posted by Bruce and Robin Black - Searcy, AR - friend   April 20, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thinking of you in this time of loss. We are praying for you and we love you.

Posted by Ervin and Bobbie Sandlin - Searcy, AR - Friend   April 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dearest Jimmy and family,
Words cannot express the sadness we feel upon hearing of the passing of dear, sweet Marilyn. Our thoughts and prayers and love are with you all.
Cathy and Danny Blevins

Posted by Cathy and Danny Blevins - Newark, AR - Friend   April 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Marilyn and I have been friends for several years and enjoyed so much our time together going to garage sales and flea markets and eating out and sharing books! She was a joy to be with! I will miss her always but especially in the spring and fall. She was a good influence on me and I learned patience and loyalty from her example. Rest in peace dear friend.

Posted by carolyn brown - searcy, AR - very dear friend   April 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We are sadden to learn of your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers

We know that God will be with each of you and will give you comfort.

We love you.

The Perry Magness Jr Family

Posted by Perry & Carolyn Magness - Magness, AR - Friends   April 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Jimmy and family, Marilyn was my mentor and dear friend. She taught me so much in those years I taught with her. So many of my Bible materials are copies of Marilyn's files. I wish I could be there to support you tomorrow. I will be praying for you all, especially you, Jimmy. You and Marilyn are so dear to me and were such an influence on me. Jennifer Hurd

Posted by Jennifer Hurd - College Station, TX - Mentor and Friend   April 18, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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