Mary Lee (Cogburn) Allen, 89, of Topeka, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 14, 2020.
She was born September 15, 1930, in Weld County, Colorado, the daughter of James Western and Lucy Gladys (James) Cogburn. She was a graduate of Johnstown High School in Johnstown, CO and cosmetology school in Denver, CO.
Mary was employed by the State of Kansas for 27 years in Workers Compensation retiring in 2002.
She attended the First Baptist Church in Topeka. She was a member of Order of The Eastern Star, Active Prime Timers and Red Hat Society.
Mary married Stanley E. Allen on May 18, 1952 in the Lowry Air Force Base Chapel, Aurora, CO. They were divorced in 1973 but remained on good terms. Survivors include two daughters, Vicki (Tom) Whitaker, Topeka and Deborah (Jim) Lord, Ozawkie, KS; three grandchildren, Jessica, Clayton and Tara; several great-grandchildren; her sister, Joan Rademacher, Windsor, CO and two nieces and eight nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Jessie Cogburn and Maxine Mahalick; and five brothers, Wayne Cogburn, Chadburn Warren, Medford Cogburn, Leo Cogburn and Vernon Cogburn.
Mary enjoyed her friends from Workers Compensation and remained close with them after retirement. The group met for lunch and dinner once a month for many years.
A remembrance for Mary will be held sometime this summer in Topeka. Dove Cremations and Funerals, Southwest Chapel is assisting the family. Her final resting place will be at Mizpah Cemetery, Platteville, CO.
Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st St, Topeka, KS 66604.
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