Wilma Gertrude Allen

01/25/1919 — 02/24/2010

From Benton, City, WA, US | Born in Monte Vista, CO

Wilma Gertrude Allen

Wilma Rumley Allen

Wilma Rumley was born January 25, 1919 on a ranch near Monte Vista, Colorado. She passed away on February 24, 2010 at her home in Benton City, Washington. Wilma was the fourth of six children born to Francis Marion and Ester Pearl Rumley. Wilma grew up with her family in various locations in the high prairie area of eastern Colorado. As a youngster, she and her family moved by covered wagon and lived in a soddy as they homesteaded, ranched and farmed. Wilma attended Lone Star and Otis high schools during the Depression.

Wilma met the love of her life, Lacy Levell "Doc" Allen, at a rabbit round up, and they married in Brush, CO in 1937. They moved to Idaho and were blessed with two children: a son Errol Vey and daughter Marian Lee. Relocating several times, the family moved to the Tri-City area in 1946 and to Benton City in 1950.

Wilma worked many different jobs in her life including maid, waitress, wheat rouger, and apple juice processor, however her primary occupation was that of a loving homemaker, mother and grandmother.

Wilma was active with the American Legion Auxiliary Post 115 and was a member of the Benton City First Baptist Church. She especially enjoyed playing cards, camping, elk hunting and celebrating holidays with family and friends. Wilma also enjoyed viewing professional football and baseball from her living room, always helping the officials to make the "right" call for her favorite teams.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Lacy "Doc" Allen, sisters Lillian Harrold, Nena Robinson and Martha Stutheit, brothers Wesley and Lee Rumley, daughter Marian Allen Baxter, granddaughter Kimi Lee Kendall Canham, and great-grandson Dustin Lee Canham. Wilma is survived by her son Vey Marjorie Allen of Benton City, grandchildren Jerry Karen Allen, Terry Shelly Allen, Denise Allen, twelve great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister-in-law and dear friend Alvera Kelweno of Sterling, CO and numerous nieces and nephews.

Wilma's family offers a special thanks to Kasey Jones and also to the Hospice Chaplaincy for the in-home care they provided.

Viewing will be held Monday, March 1 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland. A graveside interment ceremony will be Tuesday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Benton City, followed by a memorial service to be held at noon at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland.

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  • Terry Allen And Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your grandma.

    My father Doyle loved your grandma and grandpa. I am so sorry to hear about Mary passing too.

    prayers to you all and God BLess

    Betty Fraley
    November 4, 2014
    Anchorage, Alaska, WA, US
  • John Lacy, Mitch and family my heart goes out to you all over the loss of your Grandma and Great Grandma in such a short amount of time! I know that they are in Heaven raising a ruckus with your mom and brother!! My prayers of Peace are with you know that I Love you both your cousin Dana

    Dana Davis Izaguirre
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • Will always remember the fun we had at the Roman Bath’s in Rome Italy. The wine and dancing was most enjoyable and I am sure the bus driver had fun dancing also. The 2 weeks you spent with us in Germany was most enjoyable and everyone had fun visiting German, France, Spain and Italy. I wil hold those memories close at heart. The debating over Pesatas, or patatoes as we all refered to them was funny. I know you were loved by all and will be deeply missed. You are in a place with no pain and are reunited with the love of your life. We will all be together soon.

    Lee Rumley Jr
    November 4, 2014
    University, Place, WA, US