Mary Lou Allen, age 66, of Athens, passed away Thursday, Nov. 28 at home following an extended illness.

Born Feb. 21, 1953, in Sayre, daughter of the late Paul F. Bustin and Alice M. Homan Bustin.

Mary Lou graduated from Athens in 1971 and later received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mansfield University. She was employed at Robert Packer Hospital for almost 40 years. Mary Lou loved her family, friends and especially her grandchildren. Mary Lou was an avid reader and she enjoyed spending time on her porch. Her sense of humor and smile were her trademark.

She is predeceased by her daughter, Lisa Allen Hawken and sisters, Peggy Young and Ann Maynard.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 48 years, Michael W. Allen at home. Mary Lou is also survived by her daughter, Lori Allen Unger; son-in-law, Gabriel J. Unger of Athens; sister, Nancy Bustin; brother-in-law, Richard Callear of Monroeton; brother, Paul M. Bustin; sister-in-law, Sheryl Bustin of Lititz, grandchildren, Lydia Hawken, Maggie Hawken, Stella Unger and Ezekiel Unger; in addition to many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends and family may call on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens. Following the visitation, the family extends an invitation for their family and friends to join them at Tomasso’s Restaurant, 398 County Road 60, Waverly, NY for a celebration of life gathering.

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