Allen, Marie Gilbert

Marie Gilbert Allen

Mrs. Marie Gilbert Allen, 86, of Hampton, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. She was born on March 9, 1925 in Rex, and was the daughter of James Matthew and Annie Pearl Strickland Gilbert. Marie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She spent many years as a teacher for special needs children at the South West Center for Exceptional Children. Marie later went on to work for Weight Watchers, where she eventually retired.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady V. Allen; brothers, Wyatt Gilbert, Royal Gilbert and Elbert Gilbert; sisters, Bernice Gilbert, Etheleen Wallace and twin, Mary Jinks.

Survivors include brother, Robert Gilbert, of Stockbridge, and sister, Joyce Bowen, of Forest Park, Ga.; daughter, Jean Moore and her husband, Yancey, of Cedartown, Ga.; son, John Allen and his wife, Dondi, of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; daughter, Janice Brackett and her husband, Kirk, of Hampton, Ga.; grandchildren, Amy Orebaugh, Meril Dailey, Daniel Brackett and Devin Brackett; four great-grandchildren plus numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m., at the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. The Rev. Phillips Gilbert (nephew) will officiate. The burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, College Park. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. Those desiring to make donations may do so to Gold Shield Atlanta, at www.goldshieldatlanta.com.

Carl J. Mowell & Son, Fayetteville, www.mowellfuneralhome.com.