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Funeral Services To Be Held Friday For Vera J. Allen

BURKEVILLE, April 6 – On Sunday, April 4, 2010, Vera J. Allen died quietly at Hickory Hill Retirement Community in Burkeville. She was born in the Wayside area of Charles City, attended schools there and graduated from Charles City County Training School in 1931. She graduated from Virginia State University earning a Bachelors of Science in 1935 and a Masters of Science Degree in 1945.

She spent 43 years in various positions in education, most of it in Prince Edward County. She served both Cumberland and Prince Edward Counties, as an elementary and secondary school teacher, a principal, a supervisor, a visiting teacher, director of instruction and assistant to the superintendent.

Mrs. Allen was a life learner and constantly upgraded her educational skills by taking additional courses from North Carolina College at Durham, Ohio University, University of Virginia, and Longwood College.

She gave a large amount of her time and energy to many organizations in the Farmville community and State of Virginia, in such organizations as Virginia Education Association, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, president and vice-president of Martha E. Forrester Council of Women for 10-plus years, member of Southside Community Hospital Auxiliary, Church Women United, Retired Teachers of Buckingham, Cumberland, and Prince Edward, and many others.

Her husband of 55 years, Edward B. Allen, preceded her in death. She leaves to celebrate her life, two daughters, Edwilda Allen and Edna Allen Dean (John); two granddaughters, Lori Isaac, and Jill Isaac Anderson (Kevin); three great-grandsons, Royce Isaac, Amare Anderson, and Jaydon Anderson; and 20 nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Friday, April 9, at First Baptist Church, Main Street, Farmville.

E.B. Allen Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of arrangements.