Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ruby Jane Allen (Mom) Obituary

Ruby "Jane" Allen, 66, of Puxico, Missouri passed away peacefully on June 15, 2015 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  She was surrounded by those closest to her at the end of a battle with cancer.

Born on January 31, 1949 in Piggott, Arkansas to L.D. and Ruby Eskew, she and her two sisters, Joyce (Stahl) and Janet (Mason) were raised lovingly, taught the values of hard work, compassion and commitment.  The family moved to Puxico, Missouri in 1962.  They farmed, raised cattle and became ingrained in a close-knit community which remained dear to her heart.  Jane's mother was a beautician.  She became one as well.

She married Elbert M. Fox in 1968 and gave birth to son, Jefferson Fox in 1972.  The marriage did not endure but mutual love for their son and granddaughters allowed the two to remain friends all of her life.

On February 20, 1976 Jane married Michael Ellsworth Allen of Puxico, Missouri.  Together they had one daughter, Kelly Renee Allen (Marconyak).  She also loved dearly Mike's son, Douglas from a previous marriage.  The two devoted their lives to each other and to raising their children well.  They traveled extensively while Mike worked as a pilot for the United States Army, retiring to Puxico in 1997.

Jane was an avid volunteer, sports enthusiast, active member of Brown General Baptist Church, and caregiver both professionally and in private.  She worked at Pinelawn Residential Care in Puxico until her own mother's care became her primary duty.  She came to the rescue of those in need.  She burned the candle at both ends.  She loved deeply and she forgave.  She was outgoing and made life-long friends everywhere she went.  She stayed in touch with those people and she truly appreciated every opportunity to be near them.  She was a best friend to many.

She is survived by her mother, Ruby Eskew, her husband Mike Allen, her son Jefferson and Sharon Fox, her daughter Kelly and Jaison Marconyak, her step-son Doug and Bernice Allen, grandchildren Andie and Zoe Fox, Lucy and Kelson Marconyak, Grace and Rebecca Allen and her sister Joyce and Barry Stahl.

She was preceded in death by her father L.D. Eskew and sister Janet K. Mason.  She loved them both dearly.

A visitation for family members will be held at Morgan Sifford Funeral Home at 5pm on Friday, June 19, 2015 opening to friends at 6pm.

Her funeral will be held at 11am on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Brown General Baptist Church of Puxico, Missouri.