Evelyn W. Allen, 96, a resident of Pullman, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at Bishop Place retirement community.
She was born Sept. 6, 1916, in Elizabeth, N.J., to D. Vaughn and Florence (Hebbe) Waters. She graduated from Cranford High School in New Jersey and took courses at Coleman Business College in Newark, N.J. She took her business skills to her first job as a secretary at Weldon Roberts Erasers in New York City in 1935. She married Carl M. Allen on Sept. 20, 1940, in Orange, N.J. Their daughter, Martha, was born in 1943. Carl's job with Combustion Engineering took them to Dunedin, Fla., from 1958-1961. When he transferred back to the Northeast, they settled in Simsbury, Conn., where she found her niche in the travel industry. As a travel agent, she and Carl were able to travel and see many places around the world.
In 1976, they retired to Port Townsend, Wash., moving again to Anacortes, Wash., in 1994. Evelyn was active in her church, enjoyed golf and played bridge regularly. She loved cooking and entertaining. She and Carl traveled quite a bit during their retired years, with cruising being one of their favorite modes of travel.
Soon after Carl passed away in 2002, Evelyn moved to Pullman. She settled at Bishop Place and had many wonderful friends there. The beauty of the Palouse was very inspiring to her and she resumed her passion for painting, with landscapes being her specialty. She played Scrabble and cards regularly, and enjoyed writing, penning a memoir titled "The Times of My Life." She enjoyed regular games of bingo and donated her winnings to Pullman Child Welfare.
Family was Evelyn's pride and joy, and she loved spending time with them. She is survived by her daughter, Martha (Don) Goss of Boulder City, Nev.; her granddaughters, Cathy (Jim) DeVleming of Pullman, and Betsy (Philippe) Gayte of Renton, Wash.; and five great-grandchildren, Kristin, Jake and Sarah DeVleming, and Alex and Ryan Gayte. Her parents, her husband Carl, and her sister Jeanne preceded her in death.
A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 20, at Bishop Place in the independent living social room. Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to Pullman Child Welfare. Online condolences may be sent to www.kimballfuneralhome.com.