Elsie Allen Obituary

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Elsie Rose Allen

December 12, 1924 - February 26, 2014
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Elsie Rose Allen, 89, of Greensboro, NC, died February 26, 2014. She was born on December 12, 1924, in Tacoma, VA to George Teamus "Joe" Rose and Margaret Bessie "Maggie" Osborne Rose. She was Tacoma's most admired ideal child as she matured to adulthood, graduating Coeburn High School in 1945. She had taken the high school's two-year commercial course and became an expert typist. She passed the Civil Service examination and was hired by the Treasury Department Procurement Division, Washington, DC. Shortly after arriving in the Procurement Division she learned it was the practice to take a break in the cafeteria about...
Elsie Rose Allen, 89, of Greensboro, NC, died February 26, 2014. She was born on December 12, 1924, in Tacoma, VA to George Teamus "Joe" Rose and Margaret Bessie "Maggie" Osborne Rose. She was Tacoma's most admired ideal child as she matured to adulthood, graduating Coeburn High School in 1945. She had taken the high school's two-year commercial course and became an expert typist. She passed the Civil Service examination and was hired by the Treasury Department Procurement Division, Washington, DC. Shortly after arriving in the Procurement Division she learned it was the practice to take a break in the cafeteria about mid-morning, so she joined the other girls. She later learned from her husband to be, Claron Elmo Allen, born in Galax, VA approximately 100 miles east of her birthplace on the "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (US 58), that he had seen her in the cafeteria line on her first visit, saying to himself, "I'm going to make that young lady my wife!" About two years later they first met and talked face to face when he gave up his seat to her at a near work drugstore lunch counter. After about six months of dating, visiting married friends, etc., and, an invitation to her apartment for an Elsie-prepared meal, he proposed and they were married at Centennial Baptist Church, Washington, DC, February 7, 1948. Later that spring they decided to move to Greensboro, Claron's hometown.

Following her arrival in Greensboro, Elsie took on the task of being the perfect wife and mother of her and Claron's three children. She worked numerous jobs, the most significant of which was as executive secretary for Richard K. Hunter & Company. Mr. Hunter was Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education, and Elsie assisted him with that work as well. Claron and Elsie were both children of the "great depression", children from large families, whose parents had to stretch to send them through high school. Both mothers had a cow from which they received income by selling milk. "Al's" (Elsie's name for Claron) mother claimed she paid for his 12 months at business school with milk money. Both Elsie and Al were determined and paid their three childrens' way through college, and all three now have successful careers in the medical field.

Elsie was preceded in death by her parents, her only brother William Teamus "Bud" Rose and her sister Shirley Rose Siebert.
She is survived by sisters, Mary Alice Rose Collins, Gradalee Rose Horne, Colleen Rose Collins, and Faye Rose Ellis Calhoun.
In addition to her faithful and loving husband, Claron, she is survived by their 3 children: Sharon Rose "Sherry" Allen Watterson (Nick), Atlantic Beach, FL; Darrell Scott Allen (Mary Ann Quinn-Allen), Chapel Hill, NC; Katherine "Katy" Allen Robinson (Philip), Isle of Palms, SC and 4 grandchildren:Stephen Scott Watterson, Ashley Brooke Watterson Garcia (George), Meredith Quinn Allen, and Dylan McClain Robinson.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2 PM in the mausoleum at Westminster Gardens Cemetery. Hanes Lineberry N. Elm chapel is serving the Allen family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org; 800-272-3900). Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

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