Barbara Jean Allen
Funeral services for Barbara Jean Allen were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Grace Tabernacle Church in Dew. Pastors Bryan Allen and Jimmy Davis officiated. Interment followed the service at Dew Cemetery. Visitation was held on Tuesday, with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home. Mrs. Allen passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at the Fairfield Nursing & Rehab Center. Barbara Jean Ray Allen was born in Carlton on Sept. 8, 1938. She grew up in Freestone County and worked for the Mexia State School for many years. She also served as election judge in Dew for many races. Barbara met the love of her life, E. W. Allen, and married him on Oct. 23, 1956. They shared over sixty-one years of marriage together before being separated by his death in 2017. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. Mrs. Allen was a dedicated member of Grace Tabernacle Church in Dew. She loved to have fun and always had a smile and never met a stranger. She is survived by three sons, Ricky Allen, Cecil Allen and wife Linda all of Dew, and Bryan Allen and wife Stephanie of Belton; one sister, Charlotte Chase and husband Beaury of Teague; thirteen grandchildren, Tarin Gibson and husband Josh; William Rogers, Mark Rogers and wife Rustyn, Craig Allen and wife Misty, Amy Nichole Allen, Stacie Wilson and husband John, Brittany Pierce and husband Roy, Kelly Marberry, Ashley Arrendondo, Amanda Trusty and husband Steven, Joseph Allen and wife Delaine, and Bethany Allen; twenty great-grandchildren; numerous other relatives and friends including her loving prayer partner, Susie Long Young. Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her husband, E.W. Allen; her mother, Pauline Hughes; and her father, Ralph Ray. The family requests memorials made to Grace Tabernacle Church, 149C F.M. 489 E., Buffalo, Texas, 75831. Visit website bowersfuneralhome.net to sign the memorial guestbook or to leave a message for the family.