Ruth "Perkie" Allen

Born: Wed., Feb. 16, 1916
Died: Thu., Feb. 14, 2013

Memorial Service

10:30 AM Mon., Feb. 25, 2013
Location: Christ Episcopal Church

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Allen, Ruth "Perkie"

February 16, 1916- February 14, 2013

Perkie Allen passed away on February 14, two days short of her 97th birthday.  She is survived by her husband of 71 years, George Allen, three daughters, Pam (Cork) Osborne, Deb (Mike) Hickey, and Vicki (Dennis) Griffith, as well as grandchildren: Tnle (Tom) McCloskey, and Pipr (Brett) Ames, Gretchen (Steve) Mutschelknaus, Patrick (Mary) Hickey, and Kyle (Aon) Hickey.  In addition, she has 7 great grandchildren: Clippr and Beket McCloskey, Ogdn, Tate and Holis Ames, Katelyn and Kian Hickey.
Perkie and her husband George came to Denver in 1945, where George built their home in Englewood, where he still resides today at 99 years old.  She lived long and happily.

Perkie's life was inspired by her love of dance.  She was one of the founders of the Denver Civic Ballet in the early 1960's, and made a lifetime of contributions to Denver's ballet scene through work with the director's boards and grass roots support of the dance schools of Lillian Covillo, Lillian Cushing, Gwen Bowen as well as the David Taylor Dance Company.

She believed in the altruistic works of the Needlework Guild of America, and most of all, contributed handmade items to the NGA.  In 2005 she was honored for philanthropic efforts as a "Channel 7 Everyday Hero."  Her favorite place to volunteer for many years was the Sewall Rehabilitation Center.  She hosted their children's Christmas party each year, and served on the volunteer board for many years. Among other awards she earned were the Yasuri Minori Award for outstanding service in Denver as well.

She and George were avid golfers.  They were charter members of Pinehurst Country Club as well as members of the Senior Golfers of America for many years.  Perkie served on the Englewood Recreation Council, developing Englewood area parks as well as Broken Tee Golf Course.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 2950 So. University Blvd, Denver Co, 80210, on Monday, February 25th, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations go to Sewall Rehabilitation Center, Atten: Paige Haegle, 1360 Vine St., Denver Co, 80206, 303-399-1800.  Condolences may be sent to George Allen, c/o Christ Church, 2950 So. University, Denver, CO. 80210    

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Doris Finnie
   Posted Fri February 22, 2013
I send my sympathy to the entire group, especially George and the three daughters - Pam, Deb and Vicki. Perkie was a dear person and she was thought of highly in Denver Area Panhellenic. She will be sorely missed. She did so very much for Needlework Guild and for her other charities. I look forward to hugging you all on Monday.


Mary Bliss Cella
   Posted Sat February 23, 2013
Dear George and family,
I received an email via DAP delegates Joan Rondenelli and Jen Hock and wanted to send the Bliss family's love and prayers. For the girls, it is so hard to lose mom no matter how old you are and I am weeping with you! And to you, George (or Mr. Allen as my folks would have me call you), I am sorry for your loss, too. You all will be "mugged by many memories" and they will be good ones. I do remember how my mom, Billie Bliss, was always so fond of Perkie as were we kids. I am still working for four more days and won't be able to attend the memorial so I must send greetings this way. Love to all, Mary Bliss Cella

Amber B
   Posted Sat February 23, 2013
Perkie was a dear Alpha Delta Pi sister. She hosted our Annual Meeting for 20 years and loved to tell her stories of college and days in support of local collegiate chapters, as well as handmake clothing for the NGA through Denver Area Panhellenic. You will be missed, Sister! <>

Richard (Dick) and Susan Knox
   Posted Sun February 24, 2013
We enjoyed knowing both Perkie and George through the Dimuda Dance Club. Their membership at the Pinehurst Country Club was helpful for that club to hold many lovely evenings and dances there.
Dick and I loved visiting George and Perkie because they were so very down to earth people. We hope George is doing okay, and know he will miss Perkie very much. Perkie was a wonderful friend to almost everyone.

Marie Gray
   Posted Sun February 24, 2013
Perkie was a wonderful person, had a very fulfilling life and will be remembered for her many contributions. It is always hard to see people leave us especially when they are so thoughtful and nice. My condolance to all her family especially Vicki who has spent her time caring for her parents.

Lucille and Robert McIntyre
   Posted Mon February 25, 2013
It was always pure joy to see Perkie and George dancing together, "forever young". They hosted many of the Englewood Golf tournaments in their home with Perkie being the perfect hostess. She and George were the "Toast of the Town" in Englewood. They even helped me celebrate my birthday at one of these parties. Our love to George and the family. She will be be missed

Lucille and Bob Mcintyre

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