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Memorial services for former Milbank resident, Margaret E. Allen, R.N., age 82, of Lincoln, NE, will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at the Emanuel-Patterson Funeral Home in Milbank. Reverend Craig Werling will officiate. There will be no visitation. Interment of her cremated remains will follow in the Milbank City Cemetery. Margaret died on Sunday, September 6, 2009, at her assisted living residence at Clark Jeary Retirement Center in Lincoln. Margaret was born on April 11, 1927, in Milbank, SD, to Arlo R. and Laura (Douglas) Allen. Her mother died in 1935. Arlo married Ella Duerschner in 1937, She graduated from Milbank High School in 1945, completed her nursing diploma at Presentation School of Nursing in Aberdeen, SD, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She was an R.N. at the Milwaukee Hospital in Milwaukee, WI; the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, CO; and Wheat Ridge Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, CO. She lived in Golden, CO. until 2006 when she moved to the retirement center in Lincoln to be closer to her brother. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Douglas Allen and Jeannette, Lincoln, NE; niece Benita Fichter and husband Mark, Randolph, Iowa, and their children, Sterling, Jeremiah, Mary Amelia, and Isaac; niece Barbara Meyers and husband John, Oak Park, CA and their children, Jenna, Margot, and Luke; nephew David Allen, Glendale, CA, and nephew Dr. Richard Allen and wife Tammra, Sioux Falls, SD, and their son Derick; and her cousin, Lois Jean Miller, Milbank. Her church always meant much to her and she was a member of Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lakewood, CO. She was a member of the Colorado Mountain Club and spent much of her spare time hiking in the Colorado Mountains, and on overseas hiking tours with the Mountain Club. Music and photography were also hobbies she pursued. And her family was always foremost in her interests. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arlo R. Allen and Laura Allen, and her stepmother, Ella Allen.

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