Keitha Irene Allen

November 26, 1929 ‒ January 26, 2018

Bellevue, Ohio
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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  • Peace be with your family and may heaven embrace this wonderful woman. We love you guys! ~Jessica, Cesar, & The Kids

    • Thank you, Jessica! We really appreciate it very much. She is such a wonderful person! Holly

  • My condolences to Keitha’s family. We were high school classmates and participated in the school choir. Marian Haring Blahnik, Class of 1948.

  • I am truly sorry your loss. I know that she is being greatly missed. May the God of all comfort be with you at this time.(2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  • Dear Bob, I am so sorry to hear of your loss.

    Keith’s and you have been in my prayers for the past several years. Now I will pray for God’s grace to sustain you through the coming days.

    May you be thankful for the love & support you receive from all your friends and especially you family.

  • To the Allen Family,

    It’s my honor to serve as your funeral director. Remember I’m just a phone call away if there’s anything with which I can help.

    Blessings,
    Hannah Snyder Wernecke

  • To my beautiful angel, Gram. I will always love and miss you! Always! I miss you so much already! It is difficult to know that you have passed, but I know that you are in a better place where you can be around your family and friends who have gone before you. I am glad I was able to be with you during that time so that I could tell you about your great-granddaughter and that everyone loves you beyond what words can express. I just wanted to let you know that you helped and loved me so much throughout my life, and I really appreciate that you were in my life. I would not have been able to get to where I am without your constant love and support. You helped me with everything from gas money, clothing, and overall motivation to keep going. There are so many things that I miss about you right now! I miss you calling me your angel and sweetheart. I miss seeing your face when you would wake me up to go to work as a substitute teacher. I miss your cookies that you baked at Christmas time. I miss your constant push to eat more food at our family gatherings. I miss your candy you gave me when I walked through the door. I miss hearing you open cabinet doors at 3:00 AM in the morning. I miss you giving me clothes that you bought me from Value City and JCPenney. I miss going to McDonalds to get a hot fudge sundae. I miss your garden gnomes and the spray painting of your lawn ornaments. I miss the rides around town to wherever we were going for the weekend. I miss going to Kingwood Center with you to feed the ducks and look at the flowers. I miss laying in bed with you eating cheesy puffs and watching the Golden Girls. I miss sitting outside with you in lawn chairs and just talking about anything that came to mind. I miss not listening to Elvis Presly with you and listening to how you thought he was so handsome. I miss hearing your stories about how you grew up and the different events in your life. I miss seeing your pretty face, perfect hair, great jewelry, color coordinated outfits, and matching shoes and purses. I miss you telling me not to tell Gramp that you bought another pair of shoes, a new purse, or a new outfit. I miss not being able to go to your house whenever I want to see you. I miss everything about you! Your love is something that I still feel so strong all around me wherever I look or go. There has not been one minute that I have not thought about you and your loving heart and spirit. You are now my beautiful angel in heaven, and I know that you are now the guardian angel for Kara Grace here on earth. Please watch over her and everyone in our family whenever you are able. I will make sure that she knows who you were and who you are and that you love her very much. I love you! I always will! Rest in peace in heaven. Love always and forever, Holly

  • To my beautiful angel, Gram. I will always love and miss you! Always! I miss you so much already! It is difficult to know that you have passed, but I know that you are in a better place where you can be around your family and friends who have gone before you. I am glad I was able to be with you during that time so that I could tell you about your great-granddaughter and that everyone loves you beyond what words can express. I just wanted to let you know that you helped and loved me so much throughout my life, and I really appreciate that you were in my life. I would not have been able to get to where I am without your constant love and support. Your love is something that I still feel so strong all around me wherever I look or go. There has not been one minute that I have not thought about you and your loving heart and spirit. You are now my beautiful angel in heaven, and I know that you are now the guardian angel for Kara Grace here on earth. Please watch over her and everyone in our family whenever you are able. I will make sure that she knows who you were and who you are and that you love her very much. I love you! I always will! Rest in peace in heaven. Love always and forever, Holly