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Pearl Lucille Allen, known as Lucille, 86, passed away Sept. 11, 2012, from a massive heart attack at her apartment in Yorkville, Ill.

Lucille was born on Jan. 3, 1926, in Fayette, Mo., to Lance and Ethel (Johnson) Overstreet. She was one of 12 siblings and spent her early years on the family farm where she learned to garden. For the rest of her life, she would create a bountiful garden wherever she could find the space.

Lucille was married for 49 years to Lowell Dean Allen, a Methodist pastor, and served by his side at two parishes in Missouri and eight in Northern Illinois. They retired in 1992 to Freeport, Ill. In 2001, Lucille moved to Yorkville where her eldest son lives.

Lucille is survived by six sisters, Helen Gibbs, Plymouth, Mich., Vivian Street, Fayette, Mary Rohlfing, Fayette, Martha Smith, Laurie, Mo., Sarah (Chuck) Bratton, Topeka, Kan., and Betty DeYoung, Columbia, Mo.; two brothers, Lance (Marilyn) Overstreet, Boonville, Mo. and Kenneth (Denise) Overstreet, Winterhaven, Fla.; her former husband, Lowell Dean Allen, Chicago, Ill; their three children, Karen Lu Allen, Baraboo, Wis., Ronald Dean Allen, Yorkville, Ill. and David Theodore (Dorothy) Allen, Rock Falls, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Angela (Michael) Zolper, Michael Allen, Deborah (Anthony) O’Brien, Michelle (Carlos) Reyes, Melinda (Jestin) Squires, Barbara (Kyle) LaFavre and David Theodore Allen II; and 10 great-grandchildren, Phillip, Kiara, Laurel and Violet Zolper, Isaac and Alexa Reyes, Austin and Allison LaFavre, Jevan and Broxton Squires.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Josephine Johnson; and two brothers, Jesse and Reuben Overstreet.

Lucille was always a support and help to others. She did not like the spotlight but quietly went about doing what needed to be done. She loved children and did a lot of childcare for others. In addition, she played a significant role as temporary foster mother to many children in need. She was very creative and loved to embroider, cross stitch, quilt and try her hand at any type of craft work. Despite her unassuming ways, she had a keen sense of humor and loved to tease. Lucille was a great non-judgmental listener and was loved by all whose lives she touched.

Lucille donated her body for medical education and research through the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois. A celebration of her life is planned for Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Grace Fellowship, 3184 Highway 240, Fayette, Mo., from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Since a lunch will be served, please RSVP to Mary Rohlfing, 785-863-2921, if you plan to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lucille’s memory can be made to: ChildServ, 8765 West Higgins Road, Suite 450, Chicago, IL 60631 or www.childserv.org. Please designate that the donation is in memory of Lucille Allen.

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