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408 Front Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740-373-1111
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Viola Allen

Viola Grace Allen (Whiteford)

Saturday, October 4th, 1924 - Friday, March 1st, 2019
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Viola Whiteford Allen, died March 1, 2019, at the age of 94. Viola was born in a farmhouse near Manito, Illinois. She and her siblings were orphaned when she was in her teens and left to manage the family farm. She later moved to Columbus, married Harry Gene Allen of Porterfield, OH, and they resided in Columbus, New Burlington, Beavercreek and Fleming, Ohio.

Viola was a 4-H club leader for over 25 years doing projects with youth in sewing, sheep, outdoor cooking and photography. She and her husband attended the First Church of Christ in Xenia, OH and the Tunnel United Methodist Church near Marietta. She enjoyed hosting a Tunnel Church home Bible study for several years.

Viola was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother and his wife, Lawrence Whiteford and Marguerite Whiteford, her sister and husband, Lucille and Virgil Schierbeck. She was survived by three children/spouses, David and Janet Allen, Connie and Randall Reid and Terry and David Peeples, 11 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

The grandchildren/spouses are: Sarah Jane Allen, Nick and Rebecca Grisco, Ben and Sarah Allen, Tim and Rachel Smith, Blake and Katie Woodward, Nathan Reid, Adam and Angel Reid, Bill and Annie Peeples, Robert and Angela Peeples, Stephen Peeples and Josh and Julie LeBlanc. Great-Grandchildren: Ruby, Michael, Kyle, Billy, Kennedy, Abigail, Samuel, and June.

Visitation will be 6-8 pm, Friday March 15th, at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, 408 Front St., Marietta, OH 45750. Funeral services will be at 11 am at Tunnel United Methodist Church, 65 Coffman Rd., Marietta, Ohio, 45750, Saturday, March 16th. Burial will be at Byron Cemetery, Xenia, Ohio, at a later date.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 15th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, March 15th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home
    408 Front Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Tunnel United Methodist Church
    65 Coffman Road
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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    The Rev. Richard Thomas
  • Reception

    Tunnel United Methodist Church
    65 Coffman Road
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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    Immediately following the services at the church.


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Deb Downey & Barb and Kieth Hawkins

Posted at 08:38am
Viola brought so many gifts to our lives. We will never forget her! Hugs and prayers
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With all our love, the Allen grandchildren - Ben and Sarah, Nick and Becca, Tim and Rachel and Sarah Jane
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Trevor Hearn

Posted at 10:06am
My condolences to Viola's family. Early in my career I was a general contractor near Marietta, and Viola was one of my favorite customers. Whenever I would go there to look at a project, she would invite me to sit with her at the dining room table and she would tell story after story. I always enjoyed those conversations with her. She was an awesome lady.

Deb Downey

Posted at 08:55am
I was so privileged to have her as a 4-H advisor. We had great times at the meeting, during outdoor cooking in the woods, the skits at the fair, and everything else that went along with 4-H. She would even come back to the fair after she stopped being an advisor. Hugs and prayers to all of the family.

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