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Edith Caroline (James) Allen was born on April 27, 1911 in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, England to Josiah James and Caroline Jackson James. She passed away June 2, 2015 at Vici, Oklahoma. After the death of her Father, Edith emigrated as a young girl to Canada with her Mother and two of her older three sisters, Nellie and Mary. While on a trip to Southern California in 1935, she met Spencer Allen whom she married in Long Beach, California on May 1, 1936. This marriage lasted until 1994 when the Lord called Spencer home. The early years of their marriage were spent near Bishop, California, where Spencer worked for the state of California as a surveyor. They moved to Atascadero, California in 1940 and went into the poultry business. While there, their son, Spencer, was born. In 1943, they moved to San Luis Obispo, California, when Spencer became the fire chief on Camp San Luis Obispo. Their son, Ted, joined the family in 1943, and their daughter, Vera, completed their family in 1944. In 1954, Spencer accepted a job in Anchorage, Alaska, as a fire inspector. Shortly after their arrival in Alaska, he accepted the position of Base Fire Chief on Elmendorf Air Force Base – a job he held until his retirement in 1968. Edith and Spencer were avid fishermen and spent many weekends camping and fishing together with their family. Edith worked for the government in several different capacities on Elmendorf Air Force Base, receiving several letters of commendation for her work ethic and professionalism. When Spencer retired in 1968, they returned to Southern California, settling in Santa Barbara. They enjoyed traveling in their Air Stream trailer– spending one winter in Southern Mexico and another winter in Florida and taking many other international trips in between. They traveled often to Oklahoma to spend time on the farm with Vera and her family. Edith enjoyed spending time on the farm and always enjoyed going with G.W. to check cattle – an experience she continued to enjoy while she lived in Oklahoma. In 1978, Edith and Spencer bought a home in the retirement community of Leisure World in Laguna Hills, California. Edith moved to Vici, Oklahoma in 2005 when she realized that she could no longer live independently because of medical problems. Edith was a talented seamstress. She made many beautiful clothes for Vera when she was growing up, knitted many special afghans, countless pairs of slippers, scarves and sweaters and incredibly beautiful pieces of needlepoint which have always been appreciated, but now will be cherished. Edith enjoyed a good game of cards– bridge, hearts, cribbage and an occasional game of Oklahoma Rook. She was a fierce competitor and loved to win.
Published on  June 4, 2015
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