Catherine (Katy) Goddard Allen was born on March 4, 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA to Homer and Jeannette Goddard joining her older brother Jerry. She died on October 29th, 2012 at the age of 78 after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Katy was a curious and adventurous child and eschewed convention at an early age. She attended Dennison College in Ohio, later moving to the University of Arizona where she graduated with honors in education. She took her first teaching job in Salt Lake City, Utah where she was enchanted by the handsome tenor Wesley Allen, a medical student at the University of Utah, whilst singing in the Methodist Church choir. On their first date she met him at the front door and asked him to take out the garbage while she finished dressing. Within the year they were married; after moving to California daughters Genia and Julie were born, followed by Elizabeth in Oklahoma, and in La Grande, Oregon Phil and David completed her family. They settled in La Grande where Katy and Wes raised the five children, and she was actively involved in The Methodist Church, PEO, CASA, teaching piano, and special education. After 40 years in La Grande, Katy and Wes moved to Kalispell, Montana to be close to their daughters, finally settling in Redmond, Washington to be close to their son.
Katy possessed an unrestrained sense of humor, was wildly unconventional, a passionate advocate for the underdog, and was deeply devoted to her family and friends. Her energy was exhibited in cheerful whistling, rapping out rhythm's on any available surface, and the singing of nonsensical, spontaneous tunes. As a mother, she was nurturing, kept a welcoming house hold with an open-refrigerator-policy, and loved to tease visitors by occasionally beating them with loaves of bread or assigning unappealing household chores. Katy enjoyed entertaining and threw frequent costume and dinner parties, drawing together a diverse group of people. Uninhibited in even the most formal of settings, she loosened people up, got them laughing, and brought out their playfulness with her antics.
Music played a central part in Katy's life. She grew up singing with her mother and father, and later performed with Wes and their children in many public events. Though not a Mormon, she sang with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was involved with musical theater, and sang with the Methodist Church Choir. Katy spent hours at the piano singing, composing music and teaching lessons.
Despite her physical limitations, Katy relished the world travels her condition would allow. She did not want her illness to define her and rejected the perception that she had limitations. One of her most remarkable characteristics was her indomitable will. Whether it was refusing the aid of a wheelchair, or enduring numbers of treatments, she fought to maintain her independence – sometimes to the chagrin of others who knew better. She was blessed by the companionship and kindness of family, friends and caregivers.
Katy is survived by her brother Jerry Goddard; devoted husband Dr. Wesley Allen; children Genia (Kevin), Julie (Dave), Beth (Doug), Phil (Cathy), David, and 13 grandchildren whom she adored.
A celebration of life was held in Redmond Washington. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx, or the Emerald Heights Benevolence Fund.