Joan  Webster Allen


The Memorial services Celebrating and Honoring the life of Mrs. Joan Allen, of Enid, will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2019, in the David Allen Memorial Ballpark, with Reverend Dr. John Toles of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church officiating. Services are under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. The family asks that attendees wear whatever ballpark attire makes them comfortable.
Joan Louise Webster was born in Kearney, Nebraska, on April Fool's Day in 1937 to Dillo and Romayne Webster. She grew up in Kearney alongside her twin sister Joyce, then in 1955 enrolled in the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She was as ambitious as she was exceptional in her studies, but she also was distracted by Paul Allen, whom she met in her freshman year. Their whirlwind courtship lead to marriage soon after they met, and 10 months and 2 days later they had son Mark to show for it. Joan had added extra hours and summer school to her pregnancy in order to graduate in three years, which she did with Distinction. Paul graduated at the same time, and the Allens moved to Fremont, Nebraska, for Paul's first job. Two years later David was born, and then Paul's career took them to Austin, Minnesota, where Greg was born.
Joan had three young boys to care for, and she was in heaven on earth, because she loved being a Mom more than anything else. But she also liked school, and so after the family moved to Oklahoma City in 1967 Joan earned a Master's degree in Dietary Nutrition Management at Oklahoma State University.
In 1973, the Allens made their final move, to Enid, Oklahoma, where Joan's employment opportunities and newly discovered social life rounded out her family time. She first worked as Head Dietician at Enid Memorial Hospital, then as a consultant in child nutrition, and eventually as a resource for the Research and Development team at Advance Food Company. She also found time to become a private pilot, a hobby she enjoyed for many years. All the while Joan continued with her dream job, which was raising three boys. When middle son David was severely injured at age 18, Joan spent 13 years by his side developing and then executing a rehabilitation plan that professionals and some friends suggested may be a waste of time. But her tenacity and creativity led to an amazing result with David, as he learned to speak for a second time, graduated with an Associate's degree from Colorado Mountain College and went on to work as a cost accountant in the family business. Joan gave David life twice.
During the last 35 years of her life, Joan was a tremendous friend not just to so many people in Enid but also to many organizations. She was most passionate, however, about the David Allen Memorial Ballpark and the Enid Symphony Orchestra. Her financial support was significant, but her hours and hours of volunteering was priceless. She received many honors, including YWCA's Woman of the Year in 2002 and United Way's Dick Lambertz Memorial Award in 2018.
Joan is survived by her husband of 61 years Paul; sons and daughters-in-law Mark and Jennifer of Oklahoma City and Greg and Elizabeth of Charlottesville, Virginia; grandchildren Matthew, Claire (and husband Tim), Erik, Jake, Katherine, Cooper and Ivy; great-grandchildren Carter and David; and her sister Joyce of Lafayette, Colorado.
Joan left us in her sleep on Friday, June 14, 2019, at her home in Enid with Paul, Mark, Greg and her beloved caretaker Tammy Morales at her side.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the Enid Symphony Orchestra or St. Matthew's Episcopal Church of Enid, with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.
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Alan Gibbons
Jun 26, 2019
many great memories as we started in first grade together---god bless
Shelly Hoppe
Jun 18, 2019
I'm sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family. Joan was a wonderful person and will be truly missed by many.
Kathleen Taylor
Jun 18, 2019
Goodbye to a dear school friend. My sister Katie and I have many memories of you and Joyce growing up together in Kearney, NE. The years have caught up with us all. You will be remembered by all your friends and welcomed into your heavenly home.
Love to you, Kathleen
Tammy Mayorga
Jun 17, 2019
So sorry for your loss sending prayers your way for you and family