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Virginia (Bowker) Allen

Virginia (Bowker) Allen, 92, long time resident of 67 Argilla Road, Ipswich, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012 in the Beverly Hospital following her brief illness.

Born in Arlington January 5, 1920, daughter of the late Lloyd Ashley and Iva (Gowall) Bowker, she was raised in Arlington and was  graduate of Quincy public schools. Married in 1941, the Allens soon built their house, made their home and raised their family on Argilla Road. For many of these years she  was employed as a waitress, working in several North Shore restaurants, and as a travel coordinator for Far Fetch Transportation of Essex. She was later employed as a clerk at Ipswich Flooring and the Ipswich Cleaners. Mrs. Allen will be fondly remembered by many new moms of the North Shore who she had throughout the years gifted with embroidered hats, booties and blankets.

Mrs. Allen was a past member of the Ipswich AMVETS  Post #201 Auxiliary  and was a communicant of St. Joseph Church and Our Lady of Hope Parish of Ipswich.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda J. Allen and her husband Robert Wransky of Bristol, CT and three sons, J. Barry Allen and his wife Anne of Berwick, ME, Bradley J. Allen of Big Pine Key, FL and Bruce J. Allen of Ipswich. She was predeceased by three brothers and five sisters.

Her funeral service will be held Saturday 10 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Streeet, Ipswich followed by interment in the Spring Street Cemetery Essex. Visiting hours are Friday 4 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02115.

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