NEW CARLISLE — Edith Lucille (Hier) Allen, 84, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, November 10, 2019 at her residence in New Carlisle, Ind. She was born on August 28, 1935 in Flushing, Mich., to Jessie Eddy and Myrtie Lelah (Luce) Hier, both of whom preceded her in death. On June 16, 1956, Edith married Donald Charles Allen, who also preceded her in death.

Edith is survived by her four daughters, Nancy Wineapple, Janice Iwanowski, Maria Allen, and Angela (Melvin) Backus; two sons, Brian (Donna) Allen and Bradley Allen; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Erwin (Janet) Hier. Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Don in 1991; mother, Myrtie in 2004; father, Jessie in 1967; grandson, Joshua Fox; granddaughter, Nikki Allen; great-grandson, William Allen; and brother, George Hier.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt to her family, Edith enjoyed spending time with her large family. She always managed to slip into conversations the number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, or great-great-grandchildren that she had and was quite pleased to win the “largest family” prizes at get-togethers.

Originally from Owosso, Mich., Edith and her husband, Don, moved to Three Oaks, Mich., where they owned and operated a rare book business for many years. After her husband’s death, she owned and operated a sheet music business, and then moved to Keithsburg, Ill., to manage an antique shop. She loved gardening, reading, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. Most recently, she resided at Hamilton Grove Community on Chicago Trail in New Carlisle, Ind., where she had many friends and enjoyed outings, coloring, and get-togethers.

In keeping with Edith’s wishes, she has been cremated. A celebration of life service will be held in June 2020 at the home of Angela and Melvin Backus in Three Oaks, Mich. Palmer Funeral Home – Hickey Chapel and Southlawn Cremation Services are assisting the family.

Contributions in memory of Edith can be made as a donation to your local food bank.

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