The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 1, 2014

Hazel V. Allen

JOPLIN, Mo. — Hazel Virginia Allen, age 86, Joplin, passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Spring River Christian Village.

Hazel was born Sept. 13, 1927, in Ogden, Ark., daughter of the late Patrick Roberson and Ella Keele Roberson. Hazel graduated from High School in Ashdown, Ark., and moved to Joplin shortly after graduating. She had her own catering business in Joplin, and was active in the community.  

She was an active member of Unity Baptist Church where she worked with the youth choir, sang in the adult choir and taught Sunday school for many years. She worked with Meals on Wheels, was a volunteer with the Joplin Blind Association and volunteered her services at Spring River Christian Village. She was a member of the George Washington Carver Historical Society and was on the board of the George Washington Carver Nursery. Hazel was also a member of the NAACP.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Allen Jr., who passed away Dec. 18, 1970; and six brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her children, Gale Allen and wife, Jo, of Bull Head City, Ariz., and Judith Wilson and husband, Melvin, of Grandview, Mo.; grandchildren, Marissa Parson and husband, Jason, of Kansas City, Mo., and Marcus Wilson and wife, Jennifer, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Rufus L. Kelly officiating. Interment will follow in Osborne Memorial Cemetery with Melvin Wilson, Jason Parson, Marcus Wilson, John Banks, Gary Johnson and Teddy Johnson serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be Wednesday from Noon until service time.

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