THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Florrie Parsons Allen, wife of the late Robert L. Allen, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at Thomson Manor Nursing Home in Thomson.
She was the daughter of the late Berta Moss Parsons and Frederick Calvin Parsons and grew up in Knoxville, Tenn.
Her brothers, Fred, Hilliard, Bill and Albert and sisters, Camille, Estelle and Anne preceded her in death.
Mrs. Allen studied to be a concert pianist at the University of Tennessee and married the love of her life, Bob, in 1946 and moved to Memphis, Tenn., where their three children were born. In Memphis, she was active in Second Presbyterian Church, the Memphis Junior League and Les Passees, the oldest women's volunteer organization in Memphis. The Allens moved to West Point, Ga., in 1959 when Mr. Allen went to work for the former West Point Manufacturing Company and retired as vice president of Cotton Purchasing for West Point Pepperell, Inc. While in West Point, Mrs. Allen taught piano and was teacher and director for the West Point Presbyterian Church Weekday School, where her "little chickadees," students, referred to her as "Miss Florrie." She was active in the community in the West Point Presbyterian Church teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and serving on the Diaconate; as a volunteer with the hospital auxiliary; and a member of the Goodwill Board. She was an avid golfer, tennis and bridge player. Unfortunately, Alzheimer's disease robber her of all her talents and ultimately took her life after 24 years of fighting the insidious disease.
She is survived by her children, Camille Ruddick and her husband, Peter, of Thomson; Rob Allen, Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of Newnan, Ga.; and Becky Kelley, of Centerville, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Elise R. Cornille, John Ruddick, Laurie Allen and Julia Allen.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in Memphis on June 20, 2009. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1899 Central Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904-5339, or to the charity of your choice.