2007-10-17 / Obituaries

Leah J. Allen

Leah J. Allen (nee Mekeel), a resident of Riverview Estates (the Baptist Home of South Jersey), in Riverton, died Tuesday, Octobner 9, 2007 at the age of 88. Mrs. Allen was born on June 13, 1919 in Nelsonville, as the daughter of the late Harry J. and the late Hazel Knapp Mekeel.

She was a 1935 graduate of Haldane High School, in Cold Spring, and a 1939 graduate of Albany State Teachers College, in Albany,. In 1939 and 1940, she taught in the Mattituck, Long Island, school system and from 1940 to 1943, she taught in the Marlboro, NY, school system. In 1943 she was married in Cold Spring to the Rev. William R. Allen by her then to be father-in- law, the Rev. Arthur R. Allen.

In 1943, the Allens moved to Mt. Holy, NJ, where Leah taught in the Mt. Holly schools and was an active member of the First Baptist Church, which her husband pastored. From 1948 to 1983 the Allen's resided in Burlington, NJ, where Mrs. Allen taught business education courses in the Burlington City Public Schools and also at St. Mary's Hall- Doane Academy. During this time, the Rev. Mr. Allen was Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Burlington and Mrs. Allen was a very active member of the church. She taught Sunday school classes and participated in numerous church groups including the White Cross and the Baptist Home Women's Auxiliary.

The Rev. Mr. Allen passed away in December of 1983 and Mrs. Allen moved to live in Edgewater Park, NJ from 1983 until 2003, when she moved to the Baptist Home of South Jersey. She enjoyed reminiscing about her youth and growing up in the beautiful Hudson River Valley area.

Wife of the late Rev. William R. Allen and sister of the late Harry E. Mekeel, she is survived by her sons and daughter in-law, Timothy J. Allen, of Edgewater Park, NJ, and Richard and Patricia Allen, of Bluffton, SC.

Funeral services and burial were held in Burlington, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the First Baptist Church of Burlington, 335 Stacy St., Burlington, NJ 08016, or to, Riverview Estates, 303 Bank Ave., Riverton, NJ 08077, would be appreciated by her family. Condolences may also be e-mailed to her family through pagefuneralhome @comcast.net

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