Deborah “Debbie” Lee Allen, 73, of Alton, passed away on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, at 9:22 a.m., while at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, MO.
She was born on Nov. 19, 1949, in Wood River, the daughter of Orville and Juanita Luelle (Belcher) White.
She married Daryll Lynn Allen on June 29, 1973, in Bunker Hill in a double wedding along with Ted and Norma Kuethe. Daryll preceded Debbie in death on Oct. 15, 2020.
She worked as a Librarian for Carlinville Library for many years, and helped to instill a love of reading in the local children. Debbie and her husband Daryll would donate to the library, firefighters, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital every year. They also adopted a child in need through the program “Compassions” where they helped with his education over the years as well as helped his family with access to food and water.
Debbie is survived by her daughter, Holly Lynn Allen of Alton; son, Luke William (Louise Jett) Allen of Carlinville; two sisters, Jackie Lynn (Rick) Ahart of Edwardsville, Diana Marie (Joe) Deardeuff of Moro; sisters-in-law, Marina Allen of St. Louis, Lonna Kahl of Bunker Hill, Roxann (Ed) Parker of Ironton; brothers-in-law, Dubbie (Bonnie) Allen of Bunker Hill, Jeffrey Allen of Arlington, KY; grandchildren, Jordan Allen Jones and Kennan Angelo Mount; several nieces and nephews.
Debbie was preceded in death by her husband, parents, her father and mother-in-law, William and Jean Allen; sisters, Barbara Aline (White) Young and Rebecca Lou White Moody Winiecke.
Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto. Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023 at 2 p.m. Pastor Terry McKenzie will officiate.
Per Debbie’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded after the service and a celebration of life service will be held at the Carlinville Public Library at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the Carlinville Library to help continue cultivating children’s love for reading.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at eliaskallalandschaaf.com.