Barbara B. Allen, went home to her Lord and Savior on September 14, 2010 in Hanford, CA. Barbara was born in Altus, Oklahoma on September 1, 1929 to Burley and Maudie Lee Bagley. She was raised on an 80 acre farm in Humphreys, Oklahoma with two brothers and four sisters. Jack Bagley (deceased) of Humphreys, OK; Nathan (N.F.) Bagley (deceased) of Humphreys, OK; Frances Potts (deceased) of Huntington Beach, CA; Murrel George (deceased) of Bakersfield, CA; Doris Hansen of Rockwall, TX; and Allene Stiefel of Porterville, CA.
After high school, she attended a Business school and after graduating moved to the Los Angeles area with her young daughter, Patricia. She met her future husband, George Allen, through a mutual friend at her work for Security National Bank. George also had a daughter, Rochelle, from a previous marriage. George and Barbara were married on April 1, 1960 (She always had a good sense of humor!).
She continued to work at the bank moving her way up to Loan Officer. After having their only son together, Steven in 1965, she became a full time mom. The family moved to Hanford in 1979 when George accepted a job with Tulare County as a milk inspector. After Steven graduated from high school, she went back to work for the Hanford School District as an Administration Assistant for a number of years before retiring.
She enjoyed doing needlepoint, cross stitching, crocheting, gardening, and canning. She loved to get together with family and friends. She was active in her church at First Baptist in Hanford where she was involved in numerous Sunday School classes, Bible studies, SAM (Senior Adult Ministries), women's groups and helped out cooking and cleaning for the Wednesday night dinners for many years.
She is survived by three children, Patricia Groves, husband Jim of Escondido, CA; Rochelle Hoffman of Petaluma, CA; and Steven Allen, wife Lindy of Hanford, CA. There are seven grandchildren, Jason Groves, wife Becky of Omaha, NE; Kendra (Groves) Hankins, husband Eric of Glen Allen, VA; Jeremy Groves of Columbus, OH; Andrea (Hoffman) Bowen, husband Robert of Kadota AFB Tokyo, Japan; Nicole Rogers, Daniel Allen and Shae Allen all of Hanford, CA. There are also six great grandchildren, Kylie, Keaton, and Miles Groves along with Kaitlyn, Ashlyn and Gavin Hankins.
Visitation is at People's Funeral Chapel at 501 N. Douty St, Hanford on Friday, September 17 from 5-8 pm and the Memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church at 9125 13 ½ Ave, Hanford on Saturday, September 18 at 10 am. There will be a luncheon immediately following the service. Flowers can be sent to People's Funeral Chapel and any donations can be sent to First Baptist Church in memory of Barbara Allen.