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Obituary: ALLEN, MARILYN

Published: Friday, Nov. 28 2014 2:07 p.m. MST

Marilyn Murphy Allen 5/27/1924 ~ 6/14/2011

Marilyn Murphy Allen passed away peacefully June 14, 2011, at her home in Orem, Utah.She was born May 27, 1924, in Salt Lake City, to Frank and Katherine Murphy. As a child, she moved with her family to southern California where she attended several elementary schools, Bret Harte Jr. High, and Glendale High School, where she excelled academically. She started dating Lester Allen, the love of her life, when she was 18. Because of World War II they wanted to be married as soon as possible, so they traveled to Arizona where they were sealed in the Mesa Temple, and she gave up her opportunity for college in favor of raising a large family. Marilyn and Les were blessed with 11 children, all of whom are still living: Katie McCarty (Gordon Jennings), Christy (Chuck) Ackerson, Charley (Suzy) Allen, Ben (Monica) Allen, Jane (Joseph) Quinn, Andy (Renae) Allen, Nancy (Bruce) Tregaskis, Barbara Allen, Richard (Jeanne) Allen, Bonnie (Curt) James, and Mark (Kate) Allen. Marilyn is also survived by her three sisters: Donna Baker, Nancy Wilcox, and Sherron Hobbins, 48 grandchildren and 99 great-grandchildren. Marilyn was a faithful member of the LDS Church and served enthusiastically in many callings. She was particularly passionate about the Young Women's program and girl's camp. Marilyn and Les served missions to London, Mississippi, and Baltimore where they blessed the lives of many. Marilyn loved to be outdoors, especially if she and Les were fishing, backpacking, camping, snowshoeing, collecting wildflowers and bird watching. She loved making scrapbooks and doll houses, knitting afghans, and reading good books. She also enjoyed doing genealogical research and writing family histories. She loved planning reunions with her sisters, her cousins, and her 212 descendants (a number which grows larger every year.) The family wishes to express gratitude to Lorena and Merry who cared for her so lovingly in her final days; and the many others who helped to care for Marilyn. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 20, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sharon Park Stake Center, 85 East 700 North, Orem, Utah. A private family viewing will be held Monday morning. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerfamilymortuary.com.