Bessie Jewel Allen

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Bessie Jewel Allen, age 81, of Burleson and a former longtime resident of the Lakeside Village area on Lake Whitney, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 6, 2014, in a Burleson care facility. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in the Lawson Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian with Rev. Brian Jacobs officiating. Burial was in the Hillcrest Garden of Memories on SH#22 between Whitney and Hillsboro. Pallbearers were Chase Allen, Dale Kimbrell, Donnie Erickson, Marcus Carlson, Matt Castillo, and Tyler Kimbrell, and an honorary pallbearer was Daniel Phillips. Bessie was born Aug. 6, 1932, in Krum, Texas. She moved to Bosque County as a young child and was raised in the Steiner community of Bosque County. On Aug. 14, 1948, she was united in marriage to Earnie Edward Allen in Hillsboro, Texas. The couple lived in Dallas and Mesquite for several years before moving to Lakeside Village on Lake Whitney where her husband operated Allen Custom Mill and Cabinet until retiring in 1995. He passed away on October 13, 1997. Bessie was a Senior Regent for the Moose Lodge and was a member of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Lakeside Baptist Church. Bessie was married for a time with Ralph Ottinger. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Mary Cummins Sanders; her husband, Earnie E. Allen, and all of her 8 siblings. She is survived by her children, Gwendolyn Allen Meyer and husband, John, of Lakeside Village, Jerry Allen and wife, Bonnie, of Burleson, Gaylon Allen and wife, Debbie, of Lakeside Village and Jackie Allen and wife, Kathy, of Sachse; 13 grandchildren 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Joyce Allen Snelson of Kyle; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Thoughts and memories may be sent to the family at lawsonfuneralhome.net. Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home of Meridian.
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