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Julia Elizabeth Allen

April 18, 1920 ~ December 12, 2021 (age 101)


Longtime Dimondale resident Julia E. “Julie” Allen, long-lived matriarch of five generations and 101 well-lived years, left this earth on December 12, 2021. All who knew or met her were inspired by Julie’s unbridled energy. Covid ended her life.

Born in Tarrytown, New York to immigrant parents who moved to Lansing for reasons unknown, Julie graduated from Lansing Central High School and married her teen sweetheart, Robert O. “Bob” Allen. Julie and Bob danced through life, from Jitterbug and Swing to Square Dancing and Ballroom. They liked Disco, too, but loved dancing to the music of two different bands that included their son, Steve, a skilled guitarist.

Predeceased by three siblings and one grandson, Julie’s survivors include two sons and a daughter: Bob (Gwen) Allen of Bellaire, Leslie Charles of Haslett, and Steve (Cindy) Allen of Lowell, plus nine grandchildren, eight great-grands and five great-great grands. This is what you get when you live long enough to have tasted 101 birthday cakes, all of them being yours.

A kind woman who never gossiped, who turned strangers into friends, Julie had a competitive side. Her grandkids quit playing Candyland because Grandma always won. From Ping-Pong or golf and Cribbage or cards, she was a shark. Yes, Julie also played pool, had her own stick, and a pool game on her computer. At 98, she ran a record seven balls in a game against her daughter. All she lacked was the visor!

Much of Julie Allen’s life was spent as a homemaker, but she sometimes worked as a server in upscale establishments. Never one to take herself too seriously, while employed at a Tiki bar/restaurant in Lansing, Julie would quip, “I’m the Go-Go Girl in the Boom-Boom Room.”

When her husband Bob died in 2002, the dancing ended but Julie kept high stepping her way through life. She gardened, did various home repairs, and had a small sewing business for years. Neighbors brought their torn, their shorn, their last chance rips and slashes, which she creatively mended, to their relief or astonishment.

Until age 99, Julie mowed her lawn, raked leaves and edged her sidewalk. She shoveled snow in the Polar Vortex whilst lesser folk cowered in their homes, checking the heat. This is the legacy Julie Allen leaves behind. A “Can Do” stereotype-bending elder woman, her shining example of living simply, surely and steadfastly lights and lifts all those who witnessed Julie’s inner might.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 20 at Mills Funeral Home Peters & Murray Chapel, 301 East Jefferson Street in Grand Ledge. Visitation is at 11:00 AM, Service at 12 N There are many people in need this holiday season. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider donating to a local resource serving seniors or low-income families. For your safety and that of others, please bring your mask to the service.

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Memorial Service
December 20, 2021

12:00 PM
Mills Funeral Home Peters and Murray Chapel
301 E. Jefferson St
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

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