He­len Boyette Allen

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

With the free­dom of faith and the love of her fam­ily, He­len Boyette Allen, the sec­ond daugh­ter of Katherine K. and Mose­ley G. Boyette, passed away on May 6, 2019.

He­len was born in Carthage, NC on Fe­bru­ary 13, 1926. Af­ter a happy, care­free child­hood she at­tended Peace Col­lege and grad­u­ated from “WC” (now UNC- G). She taught French at Carthage High School, where she met the love of her life, Young H. Allen, Jr. They were mar­ried in 1952 and lived in St. Pauls and Row­land, NC, even­tu­ally hav­ing three daugh­ters in Lum­ber­ton, NC. They later fol­lowed Young’s ca­reer to Kin­ston, NC.

He­len and Young en­joyed gar­den­ing to­gether. She fo­cused on irises, “glads”, peonies and camel­lias, while he spe­cial­ized in roses - though she of­ten ac­cused him of “over prun­ing.” They thor­oughly en­joyed each other’s com­pany and were a true love match - a bless­ing for them and their chil­dren.

He­len adored an­i­mals, and the fam­ily home had an end­less ar­ray of dogs, cats, ger­bils, birds, and even a rac­coon named Ahab. He­len took lov­ing care of each one.

He­len is sur­vived by her sis­ter, Katherine Boyette Stephen­son, of Wel­don, NC, daugh­ters Pam Stowe (Hard­ing) of Char­lotte, Katherine Gray (Lind­say) of Greenville, NC, and Melissa Allen of Chapel Hill, NC.

She de­lighted in her five grand­chil­dren, Palmer Stowe of Charleston, SC, Hard­ing Stowe, Jr. of New York, Young Allen Stowe of New York, Garth Gray (PJ) of Wilm­ing­ton, NC, and Bahn­son Gray of Washington, NC.

He­len was pre­ceded in death by her beloved hus­band of 64 years, her par­ents, her sis­ter, Nell Boyette Barnes, and her brother, Mose­ley G. Boyette, Jr.

Burial will be pri­vate. He­len would have greatly ap­pre­ci­ated your do­na­tion to your lo­cal SPCA or Hu­mane So­ci­ety in her mem­ory.

“The love for all liv­ing crea­tures is the most noble at­tribute of man.” Charles Dar­win

Ar­range­ments are in the care of Ken­neth Poe Funeral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1321 Berke­ley Ave., Char­lotte, NC 28204; (704) 6417606. Online con­do­lences can be shared at www. ken­neth­poe­ser­vices. com.

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