89, of Galesburg, Illinois died at 8:10 a.m. Sunday, January 1, 2017 in Heartland Health Care Center, Galesburg.
She was born February 18, 1927 in Newburyport, Massachusetts the daughter of Arthur and Katherine Gillette Brooks. She married David Allen on June 29, 1947 in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He preceded her in death on December 30, 2005.
She is survived by two sons, James (Kathy) Allen of Baraboo, Wisconsin and David Paul Allen of Duluth, Georgia; her two daughters, Deborah Johnson of Galesburg and Katherine (Mark Lause) Allen of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Dorothy Clark of Maine and Nancy Brown of Indiana; four grandchildren, two step grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Barbara worked for the State of Illinois as a mental health technician for 22 years, retiring in 1992. She graduated from high school in Sarasota, Florida in 1945 and had attended nursing school in Tampa. Barbara was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Circles at the church.
Private Family Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Gordon Behrents Senior Center. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com