Our beloved mother, Edna Brown Allen, age 101, departed this life at 11:45 p.m., February 23, 1998 in a rest home in Bountiful, Utah.
Edna Brown was born on March 21, 1897 in a log house in Fairview, Wyoming, a daughter of James Fredrick Brown, Sr. and Esther Amelia Marriott Brown. The Browns were some of the earliest inhabitants of Star Valley, Wyoming, having settled there in 1885. Edna had four elder brothers, Fred, Charles, Willard, and Lorrain, who were reared and raised their families in Fairview. All her brothers are now deceased.Edna graduated from Star Valley High School in Afton, Wyoming and later attended Weber College in Ogden, the University of Wyoming and Utah State Agricultural College. Before her marriage she taught school in Star Valley and in Ogden, Utah and in later years she taught in Logan, Utah.
From 1921 to 1923, Edna served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern States Mission. There she met Harold T. Allen of Coalville, Utah. They were married in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple on June 25, 1925. They lived for a time in Salt Lake City, moved to Fairview, Wyoming, then in 1936 to Logan, Utah. They were the parents of four sons, James, John, Don, and Paul.
Always active in the LDS Church, Edna became a Logan LDS Temple officiator in 1945. Two years later she was employed full time as Sealing Supervisor. In 1958, she became assistant Recorder. She retired in 1962. She and her husband later served for 15 years as missionaries in the Logan Family History Center.
She is survived by James B. (Renee), Orem, Utah; John H. (JoAnne), Bountiful, Utah; Don B. (Sandra), Salt Lake City, Utah; Paul B. (Janette), Centerville, Utah; 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Harold, preceded her in death on October 6, 1991. The sole survivor of Harold's siblings, Marie Allen Froyd, resides in Cedar City, Utah.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, 1998 at 12 noon at the Logan, Utah Fifth Ward Chapel (located on the corner of 300 North and 500 East), where friends may call beginning at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Logan City Cemetery.
Edna lived a long and remarkable life. Her two greatest loves were her family and her church, and she devoted her entire life to serving both of them. One of her greatest pleasures in later life was telling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren stories of her youth in Star Valley. Her family and friends will miss her deeply, but her sincere faith has inspired them all with the assurance of being reunited with her in a later life.
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