Obituary of Shirley Mae Allen

Shirley Mae Allen, age 72, a resident of Pleasanton, Kansas, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was born January 8, 1947, in Humboldt, Kansas, the daughter of Claude Pollett and Dorothy Heimburg Pollett.  Shirley first married Clark Alan Howard.  He preceded her in death.  She later married J. L. Allen on August 12, 1978, at Iola, Kansas.  In earlier years, Shirley had worked in the business office of Mercy Hospital in Ft. Scott and later for Dr. Carney’s office in Iola.  She then was employed as a para-professional for the Pleasanton High School.  She had attended the Pleasanton Church of the Nazarene.  Shirley was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Taking care of her family was her number one priority.  She and J.L. enjoyed attending her children and grandchildren’s sporting events.

Survivors include her husband, J. L. of the home; five children, Dr. Jay Allen (Tana), of Pleasanton, Kansas, Brian Howard (Sherry), of Nevada, Missouri, Kevin Howard (Kristy), Iola, Kansas, Kara Nicole Allen (Steven), of Kansas City, Missouri and Megan Brixey (Chris), of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Melissa Allen of Jasper, Indiana, five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.  Also surviving are two brothers, Clarence Pollett, of LaHarpe, Kansas and John Pollett, of Iola, Kansas and two sisters, Barbara Beasley, of LaHarpe, Kansas and Nancy Pollet, of Independence, Kansas.  She was preceded in death by a son, Chris Allen.

William James Schafer will conduct funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 9th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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