Anita Allen, 79, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, June 24, at Wynscape Health and Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton, Ill.
She was born Feb. 18, 1935, in Farmersville, Ill., the daughter of J. Harold and Alice (Norvell) Kirk. She attended Atwater Grade School, and Lake School, a rural one-room school house near Farmersville. She graduated from Farmersville High School in 1952 and from Illinois State Normal University in 1956. After college, Anita found her life’s calling and became a teacher. She taught in the public schools of Kane and DeKalb counties until she retired around 1993.
In 1960, Anita found love and married Tracy Johnson, a farmer who sadly succumbed to a lengthy illness in September of 1966. In the early 1970s, while teaching at Plano High School, she met and fell in love again, with Merle C. Allen. They were married on June 15, 1975, at Plano Bible Church. They made their new life together on the family farm, where they shared wedded bliss for the next 33 years.
Anita spent much of her time in her prized flower garden. Her hobbies included sewing, gardening, studying and identifying the many different species of birds attracted to the garden with bird feeders, organizing and directing hand bell choirs and, in general, lending a helping hand, wherever it was needed. Anita was active in church music, where she enjoyed playing the piano and singing. She and her late husband enjoyed singing for the residents of the local senior citizen centers on Sunday afternoons.
Anita leaves three brothers, Roy (Ronda), Robert (Kim) and Clyde (Sophie) Kirk; several nieces and nephews; and a family of friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Tracy Johnson; second husband, Merle Allen; her parents, J. Harold and Alice Kirk; and her sister, Carolyn Martin.
A memorial has been established in Anita’s name to benefit the Paws Animal Shelter of DeKalb. Checks may be made to the “Paws Animal Shelter of Dekalb” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.
Visitation was held Monday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce, Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life was held Tuesday at DeKalb Foursquare Church, 210 Grove St., DeKalb. Interment was held at East Pierce Cemetery, DeKalb.