Luramae Georgia Allen, age 88, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the home of her son with him lovingly by her side.
She was born on October 30, 1931 in Iberia, Mo., the daughter of Roy and Erma Jenkins Forester. She was married on December 9, 1949 at the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City to Albert “Jack” Jackson Allen who proceeded her in death on May 11, 1997.
A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, Luramae was a 1949 graduate of Jefferson City High School. During her high school years, she participated in intramural girls’ basketball and volleyball. She was employed by Woolworth’s on High Street in Jefferson City.
Shortly after marrying Jack, he enlisted in the Air Force. They lived in San Antonio, Texas, and he was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi. In 1953, he was stationed at Chicksands, near Bedford, England. In 1954, Luramae traveled across the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Mary to join him. While in England, they made life-long friendships with other American couples.
While in Bedford, they welcomed their only child, Michael, in May of 1955. When Jack’s time in the Air Force was up, in November of 1955, they returned to make their home in Jefferson City. Jack and Luramae purchased their new home in 1958. Luramae lived in that home until her health required her to be moved to a care facility in 2018.
As a family, the three of them enjoyed auto racing and spent many Saturday evenings at the old Capital Speedway. They were also able to visit several NASCAR tracks.
One of Luramae’s greatest pleasures in life was gardening and working in her yard. Beautiful flowers were abundant in her yard, and they were very lovingly cared for. They were admired and appreciated by all who saw them.
Luramae’s pride and joy was her son Michael. They shared a passion for Mizzou Basketball and rarely missed watching a game. During Michael’s early childhood, she was a stay-at-home mom and sold Avon products. She enjoyed meeting and getting to know her clients and stayed in touch with many of them after she stopped calling on them in their homes.
In 1967, she began work in the Traffic Division at the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Through the years, her strong work ethic and her ability to work statistics paved the way for her to be promoted to Supervisor. She retired from the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 1993, leaving behind a legacy of hard work, fairness, and friendship.
After her retirement, she continued to enjoy working in her yard and with her flowers. One of her favorite past times was going to the boat and playing slots. She always had a great time and made lasting memories taking several trips to the boat with her friends.
Survivors include: one son: Michael Allen (Sondra) of Jefferson City, Mo.; one granddaughter: Jenny Wyllie (Dr. Bennett) of Liberty, Mo; twin grandsons: Christopher Allen and Dr. Matthew Allen (Dr. Lily Prado) of Jefferson City, Mo.; two great-grandchildren: Owen and Joelle Wyllie of Liberty, Mo.; one sister: Linda Shook of Grain Valley, Mo., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Luramae was preceded in death by: her loving husband; her parents; one sister: Blanche Hartman; and two brothers: Bobby Junior Forester and Leroy Forester.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020. The general public is welcome to attend the visitation while following social distancing guidelines. Please stay 6 feet apart and avoid close contact. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to wear personal masks or other personal protective equipment while in attendance.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Melissa Dowling and the Reverend Danny Bryson officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.
A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. for friends that are not able to attend by going to her memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.