News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 21, 2014

Lois Marie Pipher Allen


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---- — Lois Marie Pipher Allen, age 97, departed this life on March 19, 2014. She was an Indiana native and had lived on a farm just outside Riley for more than 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Verlin H. Allen; a son, Roy (Tiny) Allen; and two daughters, Patricia R. Keach and Velma S. Freeman.

She is survived by her son, Jerry L. Allen of Riley; and her daughter, Cheryl Allen-Melchiorre (James) of New York City. In addition to her five children, Lois Allen had 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Gretna Sankey of Farmersburg, and Pauline Arbaugh of Grass Valley, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a champion pie-baker, made the world’s greatest persimmon pudding, and was a dedicated member of the Wesleyan Church. Lois Allen was a loyal and dedicated member of the Hulman Street Wesleyan Church in Terre Haute.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at DeBaun Springhill Chapel, 85 E. Springhill Drive. The family will greet visitors today from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. For those who choose, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences can be offered at:  www.debaunfuneralhomes.com