On March 11,
1927 a baby girl was born to Veda Byington Segal and Lou Segal in a small
country cottage in Burley, Idaho. Barbara Lou Segal Allen grew up loving
her years in the cottage and later in the home above the Segal Dry Cleaners and
Tailor Shop in the town of Burley. The stories she shared with her children of
the wonderful times spent with her family and friends, and the experiences
she had in those years as she grew up all point to how very much she loved the
town of Burley and the people who lived there. They proved to
be treasured memories throughout her life.
graduating from Burley High School in 1944, Barbara continued her education in
Boise, Idaho at Link's School of Business while she lived at the YWCA. She went
on to work as a bookkeeper, secretary and administrative assistant for the
State Department of Education in the Home Economy department.
Harold Dean Allen of Corning, Kansas in 1947. They were married in
January of 1948. The young couple continued to live and work in Boise
until 1952 when their family grew with the birth of their first child, Cathy.
Barbara left her work outside the home to become a full time homemaker.
Their son Ralph completed the family with his arrival in 1955.
enjoyed all types of music and art. She played several instruments, but
her favorite was the piano. As her children grew she helped with school
and after school activities and projects. Reading, writing, playing the piano
and needlework were pastimes she enjoyed in her free time. Her
greatest joy were the times she spent involved with her
four grandchildren. Whether it was babysitting or volunteering in
their classrooms, nothing made her day happier than being part of their lives.
Barbara moved to Willow Park Assisted Living. As a member of the Bridges
group she looked forward to each day’s activities. Her interests bloomed
again and she was able to return to interests that she loved and also return to
rediscovered past times. She regained her interest in history, painting,
storytelling, exercise and the joy of making new friends and learning new
things. The family wishes to express thanks to all of the dedicated
individuals working with Bridges.
passed away quietly with her children beside her on December 31, 2017 of
natural causes. Dean, her husband of forty-four years preceded her in
death in 1993. She is survived by her daughter, Cathy L. Allen
and son in law, Randall G. Smith of Boise and her son, Ralph L. Allen, also of
Boise. Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren, Eli Allen, Lacey
Allen-Renz, Emi Allen and Carly Allen-Throckmorton, all of Boise, and the
delights of her life, her great grandchildren; Riley, Peyton, Grayson, Mallory,
Owen, and Declan.