Lynn C. Allen
December 8, 2022
Lynn C Allen went to be with our Lord on Thanksgiving morning, November 24, 2022.
Born July 8,1937, in Missoula, Mont., Lynn was the eldest daughter of Dr. Gordon B. and Berta Boyd Castle. She graduated from Missoula County High School. In 1959 she was awarded her BA in French and English from the University of Montana. Her father, Dr. Castle, the President at the University of Montana, presented Lynn with her diploma.
Lynn married Karl Allen in July 1960 and moved to their new home in Thermopolis, Wyo. The couple were involved in education and community affairs from the beginning. Lynn worked at The Independent Record and Hot Springs County High School. She was an adjunct English instructor for Eastern Wyoming College. She served as the Northern Wyoming Close-Up Advisor for 22 years. In 1981, Lynn was appointed to the Wyoming State Committee for Standards of Excellence in Social Studies by the Wyoming State Department of Education. She received a national award for Outstanding Contributions to Education presented by the Close-Up Foundation and RJ Reynolds Industries in 1985. Lynn was a lifelong member of Delta Kappa Gamma society for Women's Educators, the Wyoming Historical Society, and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
Other activities Lynn was involved in included: PEO, Community Church Sunday School Teacher and Board member, and Hot Springs County Mental Health Board. She volunteered as a local Girl Scout Leader for 15 years. Lynn loved music and theater and volunteered with the Community Concerts organization. An avid Bridge player, Lynn also was an accomplished bowler and she loved to dance. Lynn received the Diana Award in 1983, presented by Alpha Phi #1148 of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International. This award is given "to a woman who gives unselfishly of herself to a remarkable degree in an area of service which benefits others".
Lynn was a strong supporter of her husband throughout his 36-year career in education and in local and county government. Together they would submit grant applications that supported teachers in firsthand educational experiences in places of National Historical experiences resulting in enhancing lessons plans and classroom activities to expand students' understanding. These grants were available for summer study when school was not in session. Lynn and their two daughters accompanied Karl to places including Seattle University, Michigan State University, Valley Forge, University of Virginia, University of Colorado, Stanford University, and UC Berkley.
Karl and Lynn loved to travel. Lynn visited 49 states and 5 continents.
Lynn and Karl moved to Tucson from Thermopolis in 2014 to enjoy their retirement years in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, glad to be snow free.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Karl Allen; daughters, Kimberly D Allen of Pecos, N.M. and Wendy Allen-Mattias (Willie) of Tucson, Ariz .; great-grandson, Marcus Mattias Jr. of Tucson, Ariz .; and great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Mattias of Rio Rico, Ariz..
Lynn was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Gordon B. and Berta Boyd Castle; and her sister, Margit Cummings.
Cremation has taken place. Services will be held Saturday, December 10, 2022, at The Holy Way Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m., in Tucson, Ariz.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by contributions to The Gospel Rescue Mission, PO Box 28813, Tucson, Arizona 85726. The Holy Way Presbyterian Church, 4040 S. Bilbray Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85746, or to a charity of your choice.