Date of Birth: April 15, 1932
Date of Death: July 07, 2019
On Sunday, July 7th, 2019, Pauline Allen, beloved Mother and Mémère, passed away surrounded by her loving family at the age of 87 at her home in Sun City, Arizona. Pauline was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 15th, 1932 to Omer and Loretta (Marsolais) Poirier. She was the 3rd of seven children, graduating from Our Lady of Pity Catholic High School in 1950. In her younger days, she loved roller skating and wanted to be a roller derby girl. She also wanted to join the Air Force and see the world. Unfortunately Mom and Dad didn’t approve of any of these choices, so instead, she got jobs at local establishments, worked hard and saved her money so she could buy her dream car, the sporty 1954 BelAir convertible, her pride and joy at the time. After graduating from high school, she moved to Acton, MA and soon met her beloved Richard (Dick) Allen, while working as a waitress at the Howard Johnson’s (HoJo’s) restaurant. They married on July 14th, 1956 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Acton and had four children. As the family grew they moved to the nearby town of Boxborough in 1965. Sadly, her husband died in a car accident in January 1970, leaving her alone to care for her four young children. In 1976, she moved her family to Phoenix, Arizona, where she fell in love with the warm, beautiful weather and desert scenery, and realized she never wanted to return to the snow and cold again. In the years that followed, she worked hard at various jobs to ensure her kids had a good life. A strong work ethic and the desire to not be a burden to anyone she worked all the way up to the age of 80. Pauline’s legacy is her family. She was a devoted Mother and Mémère first and foremost. She protected her children, loved them, forgave them and through her own actions in life, tried to instill in them values to help them lead happy and fulfilling lives. She especially loved her role as Mémère, as she had so many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was incredibly selfless and was considered by some to be a saint when she opened her heart and her home to care for her grand-daughter, grandson and great-grandson. Pauline’s hands were rarely still as she had numerous interests and hobbies to include sewing, gardening, cake decorating and collecting things. She sewed not only outfits for her kids, but also kept the family's horses dressed in style. She loved her gardens, especially her beautiful rock garden on the top of the hill and those gorgeous lavender roses. She is fondly remembered by numerous family members for her beautifully decorated and tasty cakes she used to make for all occasions. She set a very high bar for those sweet edibles. However, what people may remember most about her hobbies is her extensive collection of Disney memorabilia. She was a Disney fanatic and it showed everywhere in her house and even in her wardrobe. Pauline was truly a wonderful person. She was a kind, compassionate spirit, with a quick wit, able to throw out the one-liners and take everyone by surprise. Those that had the opportunity to have her as friend were truly blessed. Her life was a living example of the Bible verse, Ephesians 4:32 — “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Omer and Loretta; husband, Dick; sister, Elaine Bartlett and two brothers, Billy and Ray. She leaves her four children, Rhonda Smith of Warner Robins, GA, Kimberly Liebsch (John) of Mineral, VA, Richard (Nancy Schmid) Allen of Peoria, AZ and Kendra Allen of Wichita Falls, TX; her 11 grandchildren, Kandy (Dean) Blain, James Miller, Nicki Miller, Allen Smith, Jessica (Bryan) Pecoraro, Jennifer (Pete) DeAnna, Tracie Hood, Danielle (George DeAnda) Allen, Rebecca (Josh) Carmen, Heather Allen, Jerry (Nicole Taylor) Toney; 25 great-grandchildren, Noah, Baker, Lexi, Tyler, Audry, Clara, Aimee Lynn, Joshua, Julianna, Dominic, Justin, Jeremy, Zachary, Amelia, Josh, Marcus, Aramis, Adrian, Jeremy, Devyn, Cadence, Ryder, Serenity, Hayden, Brently; two sisters, Therese (Jim Shearer) Griffin and Adele Vinal and a brother, George (Dot) Poirier.
A graveside Memorial Service is planned for August 9th from 09:00 - 09:30 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, located at 23029 Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024. A reception brunch to celebrate Pauline's life will take place immediately following the service at the Phoenix Deer Valley Airport Restaurant, located at 702 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85027.
Pauline was never one to want to waste money, and although she truly loved flowers, she would much rather have any money spent in her honor go to a worthy cause. Therefore, her family kindly asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to “Hospice of the Valley” at 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, Arizona, 85014 or online at hov.org, who took exceptional care of her during her most trying time in life.