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Obituaries

October 24, 2013

Billie Allen

Billie “Mimi” Evelyn Allen, 91, died mid-morning on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Athens-Limestone Hospital in Athens. Her family was with her at the hospital.

The funeral for Billie will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.

Visitation is from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  

Born on April 5, 1922, in Greenville, Texas, Billie was the third of five children and the last surviving member of her generation.  She married William “Bill” L. Allen of Abilene, Texas on Feb. 14, 1941.  After World War II, Billie and Bill raised two children, Dolores Jean and Brian Craig. Later in life, as health declined, the couple moved to the Athens area to be near their daughter, Dolores, who was able to serve as a caregiver for them. After her husband passed away, Billie was still a strong, supportive member of her family and the church until her death.

Personally, Billie was known by her siblings and friends as “Sarge,” because of her take-charge attitude and perseverance. Defying the odds, she underwent heart bypass and valve replacement surgery at the age of 86 and remained active to see four new great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Dolores Jean Kuettner and husband Howard of Athens; her son, Brain Craig Allen and wife Kathey of Dallas; grandchildren, Christine Pipp-Butler and husband Tobin of Athens, Melissa Hancock and husband Wesley of Locust Fork, Craig Kuettner and wife Melissa of Kalamazoo, Mich., Grant Allen and wife Kristi of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kimberlee Allen of Baton Rouge, La.

She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, Camille Weatherspoon and husband Carl of Henderson, Tenn., Seth, Mara, Breandan and Liam Butler of Athens, Bradley, Joshua, and Dakota Hancock of Locust Fork, Lilah Allen of Fort Worth, and Olivia Kuettner of Kalamazoo.

Sign the online guestbook at limestonechapel.com.

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