Ruth Allen, 92, of Mabel, Minn., died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel. Funeral services are at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Hesper Lutheran Church in Hesper, with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating. Burial is in the Hesper Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation is 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
Ruth was born Oct. 9, 1921, near Riceford, Minn. to Henry L. and Geneva R. (Bell) Hagen. She graduated from the Mabel High School in 1939 and received her teaching certificate from Luther College. She was united in marriage to Vernon Allen at the Riceford Lutheran Church parsonage June 8, 1944. She taught school at Grindeland, Highlandville and Hesper schools before finishing her 35-year teaching career in the Decorah Schools. They had lived on Vernon’s home farm in Winneshiek County for 54 years until 2004, when they moved into Mabel. Vernon passed away Aug. 24, 2012. She was a member of the Hesper Lutheran Church and enjoyed reading, playing piano, archaeology and family history.
Ruth is survived by a son, Jonathan (Gwen), of Mabel; a granddaughter, Jody Roberts, of Mabel; and two great-grandsons, Christopher Rogich of Rochester, Minn. and Adam Rogich of Mabel, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers Charles and Robert.