Troy Daily News

June 8, 1942


MRS. KATE EDNA SKINNER ALLEN, 80, widow of Horace Allen, succumbed to coronary thrombosis and complications at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at her residence, 22 West Franklin street. She had been a semi-invalid for many years and had been seriously ill for 11 works,

Mrs. Allen was born in Troy March 2, 1862, the daughter of late Elias and Martha Jane Skinner, prominent residents of this city.  She attended the Troy High School and later studied at the Cook County in Chicago, where she completed training in kindergarten instruction.

After finishing her education she taught for one year in Chicago and for a short period in Springfield, O. and later returned to Troy where she was employed in the Troy schools for half a year.  She then retired to become the wife of Horace Allen.  Their marriage took place Dec. 24, 1883.

Mrs. Allen had been affiliated with the First Presbyterian church her entire life, and was extremely active in the work of the primary department there for many years before ill health forced her to curtail her activities.  She was also a member of the Home circle, a social organization formed approximately 45 years ago by a group of well known Troy women,  The membership of the organization totaled 16 at one time, but a number have passed away and only five of the members are now living.

Mrs. Allen is survived by four daughters, Miss Mary Coleman Allen, at home, Miss Amy Allen of Athens, Mrs. Katherine Cowgill of Dayton and Mrs. Roger Steffan of New York City; two brothers, Dr. J. E. Skinner, medical missionary now located in Fukien province, China, and C. W. Skinner of Newfield, NJ and five grandchildren.  Mr. Allen died 11 years ago.

Mrs. Cowgill and Miss Amy Allen arrived in Troy Tuesday evening and Mrs. Steffan on Wednesday.

The body was removed to the Fisher Funeral home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the residence, with Rev. Carl Winters officiating.  Interment will be made in the Allen mausoleum in the Riverside cemetery.

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