Mary Jane Allred

Born: Fri., Jan. 20, 1922
Died: Wed., May 4, 2011

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Mary Jane Allred – a resident of Kennewick, WA, and former resident of Pendleton, OR, died on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at a Kennewick Care Facility. She was 89 years old. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. A gathering will follow the funeral, at the Vert Club Room. Private burial will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011, at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton. Contributions in memory of Mary J. Allred may be made to the Umatilla County Historical Society, and sent directly, or in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801. Sign the online guestbook at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mary was born on January 20, 1922 in Ratliff, Mississippi, to Huey L. and Birta Mobley Hester. She was raised and educated in Guntown, MS. In high school she was a star on the girl's basketball team, and was elected team captain her senior year. She graduated from Guntown High School with the class of 1939. Following her graduation, Mary moved to Tupelo, Mississippi, where she met and fell in love with R.C. Allred. They were married on June 1, 1948, in Tupelo, where they started their family. She had four children. In 1956, the family moved to Pendleton, Oregon. Mary was a homemaker who dedicated herself to raising their children. In 1969, when the children were grown, she began working at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton as a Diet clerk. In 1981 her husband, R.C. Allred passed away. Following her retirement in 1983, Mary spent much of her time with her family. She loved to travel and often visited her relatives and friends. In 2001, she moved to Kennewick, Washington. Mary was a sports nut, and enjoyed watching any and all sports: baseball, basketball, football, even Ice Capades and Figure Skating. After she moved to Kennewick, her favorite sport became Ice Hockey. She loved to go to the Tri-City American's games, and did so often. She liked to talk hockey with the players, and collected all kinds of memorabilia such as player autographed hockey sticks and jerseys. She was most passionate about spending time with her family. Her hobbies included reading, traveling, and listening to music. She was an avid gardener, and was great with all kinds of flowers. Mary Jane Allred is survived by her children: Jack Hester and wife Sharon of Ephrata, WA, Ronnie Allred and wife Ann of Weston, OR, Mary Dickinson and husband Bill of Kennewick, WA, and Nawassa Rinehart and husband Mark of Kennewick, WA, two sisters: Joyce Shelton of Fort DeFuniak Springs, FL, and Irene Bristow of Tupelo, MS, also surviving her are: 8 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and her husband.

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Judy leGore
   Posted Fri May 06, 2011
Sorry to hear about Mary. It was good working with her.

Julie Clark
   Posted Sat May 07, 2011
Sorry for the loss of your mom. I remember her when I was a kid. She always had a smile and a way to brighten up your day with that cute little laugh. She touched alot of lives. God Bless you, Julie

Tammy Knight Moore
   Posted Wed May 11, 2011
Your Mary taught me alot as a young girl working at St. Anthony kitchen. She was a very nice person to work with and I still remember some of her wisdom. Thank you for sharing her with a bunch of dumb kids that needed a mentor in 1977. Blessings to you, Tammy

Delita miller
   Posted Thu May 12, 2011
my thoughts and prayers are with you Ronnie and family.

Tedde White Holcomb
   Posted Mon May 16, 2011
Sorry for the loss of your mom. She was always a sweet lady to the kids in our old neighborhood, Nawassa & Ronnie--makes for great childhood memories.

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