Keitha Irene Allen
November 26, 1929 ‒ January 26, 2018
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio
MANSFIELD: Keitha Irene (Sowash) Allen, 88, of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, January 26, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at the Willows Independent Living in Bellevue, Ohio. She was born on November 26, 1929, in Mansfield, Ohio. She was the daughter of Delner and Adalyn (Stahl) Sowash and the granddaughter of Bertha Stahl.
Keitha was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who loved and cared greatly for her family and everyone she met. She was a 1948 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School. She was married to Robert Edward Allen on March 3, 1950, in Mansfield, Ohio. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Mansfield where she sang in the choir and played bells. She was a member of the Mansfield Choral Society for several years. She worked over 30 years at Food Town and 10 years at Westinghouse in addition to holding positions in the United Food and Commercial Workers. After retirement, she volunteered at MedCentral Health System and was an Ombudsman for the state dedicating thousands of hours of her time. She enjoyed shopping for shoes and purses, cooking and baking for family dinners, listening to Elvis Presley music, writing and submitting poetry, collecting porcelain dolls, decorating lawn ornaments, and spending time with her family.
Keitha is survived by several people she loved very much, including: three children – Diane Nielsen of Shelby, Robert (Marlene) Allen of Centerburg, and Michael (Marilyn) Allen of Bucyrus; six grandchildren – Holly (Steven) Nielsen-Rowlett of Bellevue, Michele (Howard) Nielsen of Baltimore, Melissa (Aaron) Pospisil of New Philadelphia, Christopher Allen, Courtney Allen, and Colin Allen; one great-granddaughter, Kara Grace Rowlett of Bellevue, and great-grandsons.
Preceding Keitha in death are her parents, grandparents, brother Donald (Rosemary) Sowash, and sisters Norma Jean Hairston and Evelyn (Homer) Shaffer.
Keitha will be laid to rest with the Lord at Mansfield Cemetery in Mansfield, Ohio.
Memorials can be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ (68 Park Ave E, Mansfield, OH 44902), the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org/donate), or to the donor’s charity of choice.
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