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Nancy Charlene Allen of Kansas City, Kansas died on December 26th, 2022, in Overland Park, Kansas at the age of 85. Charlene was born on October 26, 1937, in Gainesville, Missouri to Charlie and Lena High. Charlene was the oldest sibling and had seven sisters and one lone brother. When Charlene was only 9 years old, she lost her mother in a tragic accident which forced her to grow up fast and become a natural caretaker for her younger siblings. This characteristic would follow her throughout her entire life. She always cared for others and put others needs before her own.
Charlene was married to Elvin Lee Allen, also from Gainesville, MO, for 65 years until he passed in 2021. Charlene and Lee moved to Kansas City, Kansas in the late 1950’s to find work and to raise their children. Charlene retired from JC Penny’s Distribution Center in 2002. She loved her church, cooking meals for her family, and drinking coffee with the neighbors.
Charlene is survived by her brother Dwain High (Linda), sisters Wilma Heil (Walter), Jeannie Arnote (Larry), Judy Dungan, Lucy Waterdown (Steve), and Lisa O’Malley (Phill). She is also survived by her four children including their spouses, Rocky and Glenda Allen of Basehor, Kansas; Marsha and Troy Gilbert of Kansas City, Kansas; Melanie Allen of Overland Park, Kansas; Tracy and Michele Allen of Olathe, Kansas; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 2-3pm, followed by funeral services at 3pm, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at Westside Church of Christ, 8740 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66112. Burial will take place at 1pm, Thursday, December 29, 2022 in Loftis Cemetery, Wilhoit, Missouri.