Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Mary Rosalee Allen, 79, of Exeter, longtime former resident of Bella Vista and Bentonville, Ark., passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. She was born July 26, 1932, in Jane, Mo., to James Oak and Christine Louise Harmon Ragsdale.

She was a loving, wife, mother, and nurse. As an elementary teacher in the State of Arkansas, she taught and counseled for many years. She devoted her life to caring and providing for the needs of others.

She will be missed by those of us who looked to her for love, comfort, wisdom and guidance and who have a deep respect for the way she lived her life. Her personal relationship and commitment to God directed her in the decisions she made in her daily life and in the way she treated every person she met.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, J. C. Magee, sisters, Eva Holden and Bonnie Crabtree, of Hermiston, Ore. She was also preceded in death husband, Frank Allen, son, Michael Allen, and daughter, Cynthia Allen Ortiz.

She is survived by her loving companion, Edward A. Armitage, of the home; two sons, Johnny Magee and wife, Wilma, Exeter, and Frank Allen, Jr.; three daughters, Peggy Swank, and Lou Ann Giese, both of Bella Vista, Ark., and Kathy Allen, of Garfield, Ark.; three grandsons, Davy Magee, of Exeter, Thomas Matthew Swank and Christopher Neil Giese, of Bella Vista, Ark.; three great-granddaughters, Molly Magee, of Rogers, Ark.; Madilyn Marie Swank and Haylen Rose Swank both of Bella Vista, Ark. She is also survived by three brothers and four sisters, all of Hermiston, Ore.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday November 26th at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Rains Road in Jane, Mo. with Pastor Hank Gorman officiating. Arrangements with Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home of Rogers, Ark.