Margaret Delia Webster Allen, 77, of Evergreen, Pennsylvania, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pennsylvania, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Margaret was born July 13, 1941, at Mills Hospital in Towanda, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Laura Cole Webster and Stephen Webster. She was raised on her grandfather’s farm in North Towanda along with her sister, Betty Lou, and loved to tell the story of her childhood there.
Margaret graduated from Towanda High School in 1959. She received her certification as an x-ray technician from The Paul Smith Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake, New York, and completed her training in x-ray technology at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, New York. There she met and married John Lomma on Nov. 5, 1960. She later married Duane Allen on Oct. 31, 1964, at the North Towanda Methodist Church. They were married for 45 years before his passing on Feb. 23, 2009. Margaret was employed at the Towanda Memorial Hospital for 10 years and then went to work at E.I. DuPont in Towanda for over 35 years before her retirement. She was hired at DuPont to work on the coaters and eventually became the plant medical assistant. Margaret was affectionately known as “Leadfoot.”
Margaret served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Bank at DuPont for over 35 years and was honored for the number of gallons of blood she was able to collect for donations, as well as donating seven gallons herself. Margaret served as Mrs. Claus for the DuPont Children’s Christmas Party which she loved doing. She was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 Ladies Auxiliary and donated many hours serving meals at the post. Margaret was an avid reader and loved to travel. She enjoyed many summer vacation trips to Canada, loved attending NASCAR races with Duane in their camper, saw the ponies run on Chincoteague Island, been to St. Lucia in the Caribbean on a cruise and traveled to Ireland with her sister, Betty Lou and stepmother, Elsie Webster. Margaret enjoyed music and had taken many bus trips to New York City to see shows on Broadway with her friend Margo Roof.
Margaret was preceded in death by her beloved grandfather, Ray Cole (Dee Dee) and wife Irene Cole (Nannie); her mother, Laura Cole Benjamin; father, Stephen Webster; stepfather, Clinton Benjamin; husbands, John Lomma and Duane Allen; her sister, Betty Lou Webster Lewis and brother-in-law, Jack Lewis.
Margaret is survived by her children, Laura and husband Jimmy Edwards of Belton, Texas, Kathy and husband Jodey Kinney of Rome, Pennsylvania, Douglas and Debbie Allen of Oneonta, New York, Daniel Allen of Evergreen, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Justin and Anna Keeney of Raymond, Maine, Kristina and Robert Pearson of Hideaway, Texas, Adam and Denise Culver of Sayre, Pennsylvania, Ethan and Felicia Culver of Rome, Pennsylvania, Sarah and Jeff Moss of East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, Douglas and Bree Beers of Echo Beach, Pennsylvania, Jonathan and Marian Beers of Rome, Pennsylvania, William and Annalise Allen of Oneonta, New York; special granddaughter, Diana Bartholomew of Peru, New York; special grandson, Zack Keeney of Towanda, Pennsylvania; 23 great-grandchildren; a niece, Sheri Weiss of Towanda, Pennsylvania; nephews, Steve Schmeckenbecher of Wysox, Pennsylvania, Scott Schmeckenbecher of Sheshequin, Pennsylvania; as well as six great nieces and nephews, five sisters-in-law and their 11 children and a number of cousins.
Abiding with Margaret’s request there will be no calling hours.
Family and friends who wish to pay their respects are invited to attend a graveside service at noon on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Oak Street, Towanda, Pennsylvania.
Contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, in Margaret Webster Allen’s memory.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania.
Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.