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Evelyn Avis Maxham Allen, 78, died Saturday, January 12, 2013, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. She was born in Waitsfield at the Seeley/Hawthorne Farm on January 28, 1934, the daughter of Mervin and Frances (Seeley Neill) Maxham. She grew up and attended school in Waitsfield.
She married Rodney Allen on June 13, 1954, in Fayston.
She had worked part time for the Berlin School District, serving children's lunches. She was a devoted wife and mother. Evelyn was the “heart” of her home and loved all children big and small. She enjoyed her trips to Maine, family gatherings, watching her grandson, Jason Allen, race at Thunder Road, was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed riding with Rodney in their 1970 Chevelle.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years; four children, Richard (Paulette) Allen of Dallas, TX, Deb (Frank) Partlow of West Berlin, Diane (Ray) Seaver of Williamstown and Steven (Wendy) Allen of Northfield; one sister, Barbara Allen of Derry, NH; six grandchildren, Kathi Partlow, Aimee Carter, Ricky Mercier, Angela Hayward, Steven Allen and Jason Allen; seven great-grandchildren, Bryant and Nathan Ferrer, Arianna Goarin, Jalen Carter, Tanner Cameron, Carter and Erin Allen; one sister-in-law, Gert Neill of Hardwick; and dearest friends, Dick and Irene Harlow of Montpelier.
In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her brother, Cecil Neill.
A special message from son, Dick, to his mother,
I will miss you and think of you when: I see the moon coming up over the hill; every time I see someone smile; I pass by a covered bridge; I see an American flag with a Red Sox flag under it; every March 2; I walk by a restaurant and smell the fresh baked rolls; I see a hummingbird feeder; every time my heart beats; I see someone walking out to get their morning paper to get the day started; I stop and help a short grandmother in a store reach something on a top shelf; I cross the Mississippi River on I-40 and see a tugboat pushing two barges up the muddy Mississippi; every time I cry; I walk in the house and you are not there to meet me with a big hug and kiss; everytime I look into dad’s eyes and see he misses you. A dear sweet friend once told me to write it down and it will help the hurt go away. I hope it will someday.
In keeping with her wishes, there are no services scheduled. The family will be celebrating her life privately at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in her memory to the Make A Wish Foundation, 100 Dorset Street, Suite 14, So. Burlington, VT 05403 or United Cerebral Palsy, 71 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472-2638 or a chapter in your area. Kingston Funeral Home in Northfield assisted with the arrangements.