• Evelyn A. Allen
    January 15,2013

    Evelyn A. Allen

    WEST BERLIN — Evelyn Avis Maxham Allen, 78, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

    She was born in Waitsfield at the Seeley/Hawthorne Farm on Jan. 28, 1934, the daughter of Mervin and Frances (Seeley Neill) Maxham.

    She grew up and attended school in Waitsfield.

    She married Rodney Allen on June 13, 1954, in Fayston.

    She worked part time for the Berlin School District, serving children’s lunch.

    She was a devoted wife and mother. Evelyn was the “heart” of her home and loved all children, big and small. She enjoyed her trips to Maine, family gatherings, watching her grandson Jason Allen race at Thunder Road, an avid Red Sox fan, and enjoyed riding with Rodney in their 1970 Chevelle.

    Survivors include her husband of 58 years; four children, Richard (Paulette) Allen, of Dallas, Deb (Frank) Partlow, of West Berlin, Diane (Ray) Seaver, of Williamstown, Steven (Wendy) Allen, of Northfield; one sister, Barbara Allen, of Derry, N.H.; six grandchildren, Kathi Partlow, Aimee Carter, Ricky Mercier, Angela Hayward, Steven Allen and Jason Allen; eight great-grandchildren, Bryant and Nathan Ferrer, Arianna Goarin, Jalen Carter, Tanner Cameron, Carter and Erin Allen; one sister-in-law, Gert Neill, of Hardwick; and dearest friends Dick and Irene Harlow, of Montpelier.

    In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brother, Cecil Neill.

    A special message from son Dick to his mother,

    Dear Mom,

    I will miss you and think of you when: I see the moon coming up over the hill; every time I see someone smile; I pass by a covered bridge; I see an American flag with a Red Sox flag under it; every March 2; I walk by a restaurant and smell the fresh baked rolls; I see a hummingbird feeder; every time my heart beats; I see someone walking out to get their morning paper to get the day started; I stop and help a short grandmother in a store reach for something on a top shelf; I cross the Mississippi River on Interstate 40 and see a tugboat pushing two barges up the muddy Mississippi; every time I cry; I walk in the house and you are not there to meet me with a big hug and kiss; every time I look into Dad’s eyes and see he misses you. A dear sweet friend once told me to write it down and it will help the hurt go away. I hope it will someday.

    In keeping with her wishes, there are no services scheduled. The family will be celebrating her life privately at the convenience of the family.

    Donations may be made in her memory to the Make A Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset St., Suite 14, South Burlington, VT 05403; or United Cerebral Palsy, 71 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472-2638, or a chapter in your area.

    Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield assisted with the arrangements.

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