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MISSOULA - Esther L. Allen, 92, of Missoula, passed away Wednesday, October. 22, 2008, at St. Patrick Hospital of natural causes.

She was born October. 12, 1916, in Newell, S.D., to John and Mary Salmen. As a young girl, she lived in various towns of South Dakota in the Black Hills area. She graduated from high school in Deadwood, S.D., in 1936.

On June 23, 1936, she married Cyril (Cy) J. Allen of Lead, S.D. In 1941, during World War II, they moved to Bremerton, Wash., where Cy worked as a welder in the Navy shipyard. In 1945 they moved to Spearfish, S.D., In 1947 they moved to Glendive where they lived for 29 years.

Esther was a homemaker, a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed reading and music, family and friends. In 1976, when Cy retired, they moved to Missoula. They spent winters in Phoenix, Ariz., and later Morro Bay, Calif. In 1992 they moved to Morro Bay permanently. When Cy passed away in 1998, she stayed another two years in Morro Bay. In 2000 she moved back to Missoula residing at Clark Fork Riverside until her passing.

Her parents, sister Martha, brothers Bill, Carl and Bob, and her husband Cy preceded her in death.

Survivors include her family, who loved her very much, sister, Ida Marie Sackett of Monte Vista, Colo.; brothers, Bert of Ashland and Jack of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; numerous cousins and nieces and nephews; daughter, Carol (Ed) Schlauch of Missoula; son, Dave (Norma) of Visalia, Calif.; grandchildren, Mike (Tracy) Schlauch of Bozeman, Lisa (Rod) Sharkey of Missoula, Jeff (Kelley) Schlauch of Bozeman, Brian (Cari) Schlauch of Helena; great-grandchildren, Amanda (Tucker) Johnson, and Samantha (Nate) Tewson, and Jordan and Kade Schlauch of Bozeman, Saylor and Jaxsen Schlauch of Helena, Nicole and Andrew Sharkey of Missoula; great-great-grandchildren, Samuel and Harper Johnson and Schyler Tewson of Bozeman.

Her family wishes to thank Dr. Stephen Speckart, Dr. Linda Ries and the wonderful staff at the Montana Cancer Center who all took such good care of her for seven years.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November. 29, at Garden City Funeral Home, 1705 W. Broadway. A luncheon will follow at the funeral home. Internment will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Montana Cancer Center Fund, c/o St. Patrick Hospital Health Foundation, P.O. Box 4587, Missoula, MT 59806.


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