Whitesville, NY - Shirley Joan (Patterson) Allen, a long time resident of Whitesville, chose to join the Lord on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 8, 1935 in West Bingham, Pennsylvania to the late George “Edward” and Thelma (Skutt) Patterson. On March 24, 1956 in Whitesville she married W. Duane Allen who survives.
Shirley was a member of the Genesee School class of 1953. In that same year she was selected by a popularity vote of her classmates at to attend the 12th annual Laurel Festival in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to enter competition for the title of State Laurel Queen. In her early adulthood she worked for an ice cream parlor in Olean, Chapman and Burrows in Genesee, Pa., Sylvania in Galeton, Pa., and the glove factory in Wellsville. Shirley was well know for being a free hearted and giving person who enjoyed being around family and friends. She also enjoyed going to Salvation Army Stores, household sales, and rummage sales. Shirley will be remembered by her children as a tough but fair mother.
Surviving besides her husband are 3 children, Judy (Tommy) Johanson of Wellsville, William “Bill” Allen of Whitesville, and Steven D. (Nancy Wyant) of Jasper; 4 grandchildren which she doted on, Shawna Cwiklinski of Wellsville, Stanley “Josh” Cwiklinski of Whitesville, W. Daniel Allen of Whitesville, and Alyssa Allen of Canisteo; siblings, Norma (Donald) Chapman of North Bingham, PA.,and Jack (Bessie) Patterson of West Bingham, PA.. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews; in laws, Ronald (Carol) Allen of Wellsville, Phyllis (Bruce) Green of Portville, and Sandra (James) Fitzpatrick of Whitesville.
Shirley was predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter, and a great granddaughter.
There will be no prior visitation and a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in the North Bingham Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.