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ALLEN, Betty

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ALLEN, Betty. (Dubuque, IA, Aug. 1, 1927--Dubuque, Jan. 10, 2023) Betty A. (Bahl) The daughter of Joseph and “Vi”(Savary) Bahl, Betty married Robert J. Allen, July 31 1948, at St. Philomena church in Asbury, Iowa.

While raising seven children, she found even many ways to keep herself busy. She opened Allen’s Art Supply as a way to connect with many aspiring artists. Mom started the Dubuque Chapter of Compassionate Friends after the loss of her son John at the age of 18. She taught Faith Formation at ST. ANTHONY'S CHURCH for many years. Other involvement at St. Anthony’s included Bible Study and the Bereavement Group. She shared her cooking skills with women at the LANTERN CENTER.

Betty worked at various positions in Dubuque. Her last and favorite role was with Mental Health America. She retired after 17 years and received the Gannon Award for "Outstanding Service to Mental Health."



Dubuque Today, https://dubuquetoday.com/obituaries