Armanda Bell Russell Allen was born to Overton and Bessie Russell Aug. 26, 1918 in Raleigh County, West Virginia and passed away Sept. 8, 2012 in Ventura, CA. She was 94.
Armanda was a nurse for 42 years, working at the State, County and Community Memorial Hospitals; she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Those who knew her best would tell you that she was a cook extraordinaire, canning vegetables, pickles and jams; there is still an argument as to whether the strawberry or plum was her best; and when she made everyone's favorite lasagna, she made enough for the whole neighborhood. With everything else she did, she somehow found the time to crochet, read voraciously and travel with her adoring husband Robert; and…at age 93 she still made the best pancakes in the world! Robert says Armanda had a better memory than people 1/3 her age; she could tell you stories and if you wanted to walk away she would say "I'm not finished!"
Armanda will be so greatly missed by her husband Robert Allen, sons: Ron (wife Barbara) Allen and Kenny (wife Luz) Allen; daughters: Betty Loving, Shirley Wood and Nancy (husband Tom) Harris; sisters: Vera Kliever from Michigan, Patricia Whittaker, Dyce Faye and Hilda Pritt all from West Virginia; 29 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren, 28 great-great-grandchildren and many, many friends…whew!
A time of visitation will be held at Charles Carroll Funeral Home Tues. Sept. 11th from 4-7:00 p.m. and again Wed. Sept. 12thfrom 5-6:00 p.m.; with funeral services following Wed. at 6:00 p.m. Burial will be held Monday Sept. 17th at Parkview Cemetery Peoria, Illinois.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Charles Carroll Funeral Home, 15 Teloma Dr. Ventura, CA 93003. For additional information please call (805) 642-8134.