BRUNSWICK — Anna Marie Burgess Allen, 94, died Aug. 20 at Bowdell House, in Brunswick, after a period of declining health.
She was born in Yarmouth on Aug. 27, 1919, to William Tracy Burgess and Flora Belle Mason Burgess, and grew up on her parents’ farm in Woolwich. She attended Morse High School, in Bath, and married her high school sweetheart, Robert D. Allen Sr., on Dec. 2, 1944.
During World War II, Allen worked at Hyde Windless in Bath, and and later at Sears Roebuck Co. With the birth of her daughter, Nancy Jean, in 1948, Allen became a homemaker. But in succeeding years she also worked as a waitress, a baker and cook.
Allen loved animals, and raised cows, sheep, rabbits and chickens. She was active in the local parent-teachers association while her children were attending school, and was involved in many of their extracurricular activities. She also enjoyed doting on her grandchildren and attending events with them.
Allen was a member of the former Queen Esther Rebekah Lodge, Bath, where she held many positions including treasurer, vice grand and noble grand. She was also a member of the former Ladies Nobleboro Extension, in Nobleboro.
Allen was predeceased by her husband, Robert, who died May 6, 2010; an older sister, Harriet Burgess Davis, in 1974; and by her younger brother, Frederick L. Burgess, in 1999.
She is survived by her son, Robert D. Allen Jr. of Brunswick; daughter, Nancy J. Allen Truhel and husband, Carl, of Nobleboro; granddaughter, Sarah Truhel Saucier and husband, William, of Waldoboro; grandson, Jeremy C. Truhel and wife, Wendy, of Kernersville, North Carolina; and great-granddaughers, Madeleine E. Truhel and Mina C. Truhel, both of Kernersville, North Carolina, and Zofia L. Saucier, of Waldoboro. She is also survived by a cousin, Richard Beote, of Kennebunkport; an ex-brother-in-law, Clinton E. Davis, of Woolwich; and several nieces, nephews and extended families.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the animal shelter of one’s choice, to CHANS Hospice, or to Catholic Charities.
Visiting hours and a funeral were held on Aug. 28 at David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, in Bath.