Our sweet mother Joanne Holland McLelland Allen was called home to her Heavenly Father.
Our beautiful, sweet mother will be missed dearly by all her family and friends. She showed us what unwavering faith looks like, how a testimony of our Savior can get you through any hardship and how the beauty of God's creations is found everywhere. She taught us to pray and to pray often. She taught us that Heavenly Father is always near; he listens and answers prayers. She cried with us, laughed with us and made us all feel so special. She taught us the most important things in life were not "things" but family and loved ones. We all are going to miss all her love, her phone calls, reading books, watching period dramas and talking about life and what needs to be done to make it better. She was a go getter, there was never any obstacles she wouldn't overcome. She knew her time was drawing near, we had the most incredible year filled with the most amazing memories. From visiting a granddaughter in Hawaii to showing up to her High School reunion picnic riding a motorcycle, to cheering on her grandson at high school football games, she didn't miss a beat.
We love you so much sweet momma!!! You are the best mother we will forever be so grateful for your love.
Joanne age 80, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 9, 2022, in Eden, Utah. She was born July 17, 1941 in Salt Lake City to Robert and Margaret McLelland. Joanne was like a second mother to her younger siblings, they talk fondly of how she would care for them. She attended Granite High School where she loved participating in plays, clubs, and choir. She married her high school sweetheart Larry E. Allen in 1960 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they were blessed with 9 Children. Joanne was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served diligently in many callings throughout her life. She had a lifelong love of genealogy, family history and spent countless hours researching and doing temple work. She loved helping people find their ancestors and preserving the past for those who are yet to come. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, loved sewing, reading, caring for her children, gardening, and listening to music. She is survived by Jeffrey & Andrea Allen, AnnJanel Allen & Rodney Toy, Todd & Traci Allen, Larisa & Mark Harris, Scott Allen, Julianne & Phil Bennett. She is preceded in death by sons David, Russell, Michael and husband Larry. Joanne has 23 Grand children and 7 Great Grand Children
Funeral services will be held Thursday March 17, 2022 at 11:00 am in the Heatheridge Stake Building (620 N Heather Rd, Orem, UT 84097). A viewing will be held Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm at the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North, American Fork and Thursday from 9:45 to 10:45 am prior to the services at the church. Burial in the American Fork Cemetery.
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