Feb. 25, 1920-Jan. 25, 2007
Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Alice S. Allen, passed away Jan. 25, 2007, at age 86 from complications incident to age. She leaves a lasting legacy of service and faith.
Alice was born Feb. 25, 1920, on a small farm in Cornish, Utah, to Warren C. Simmonds and Helana Hansen Simmonds. Two older brothers and a sister, Art, Chet, and Eva, worked, played and sang with her as they wrestled the land, rattlesnakes and all. Alice excelled in school and led out in school musicals as well as in academics.
Alice worked her way through a bachelor's degree at Utah State University, where she and Wally extended a friendship triggered during rival high school exchanges. Engaged for nearly two years, they were sealed in the Logan Temple May 29, 1941, the day after both graduated.
Alice and Wally have remained close companions for over 65 years. While Wally served in WWII as a Navy officer, they even exchanged coded letters to stay connected. Steve was born during the war, and Ray and Rex followed. They lived briefly on East and West coasts and around Utah, finally settling in Kaysville where they served actively in Church and community. In 1958, Alice started a kindergarten at home and later moved to the public schools where she taught and loved some 1,000 five- and six-year-olds over 20 years. While recognized as an outstanding teacher, she was also a devoted mother and wife who gave her all to "the boys" and sustained Wally in all his responsibilities.
Once retired, Alice and Wally began a "second career" together as missionaries for their Church. Assigned first to Palmyra, New York, they served 18 months and then returned for several summers. They also served 10 years at the Church Museum and in other capacities, and they quietly cared for dozens of neighborhood widows.
Alice was talented, hard-working, and self-sacrificing. She loved her family, neighbors, and students, and she was gracious and courageous through many serious illnesses. She believed firmly in Jesus Christ and her prayers were often answered in remarkable ways. She will be sorely missed for now, but well-met later!
Alice is survived by her husband, Wallace Allen, the boys and their companions, Steve and Anne, Ray and Pat, Rex and Nancy, 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and her loving brother, Chester Simmonds.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at the Kaysville Rock Chapel, Center Street and 200 East.
Friends and family called Monday at Lindquist's Kaysville Mortuary and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Rock Chapel. Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.
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