Ruth "Perkie" Allen

ruth allen

Allen, Ruth "Perkie"

February 16, 1916- February 14, 2013

Perkie Allen passed away on February 14, two days short of her 97th birthday.  She is survived by her husband of 71 years, George Allen, three daughters, Pam (Cork) Osborne, Deb (Mike) Hickey, and Vicki (Dennis) Griffith, as well as grandchildren: Tnle (Tom) McCloskey, and Pipr (Brett) Ames, Gretchen (Steve) Mutschelknaus, Patrick (Mary) Hickey, and Kyle (Aon) Hickey.  In addition, she has 7 great grandchildren: Clippr and Beket McCloskey, Ogdn, Tate and Holis Ames, Katelyn and Kian Hickey.
Perkie and her husband George came to Denver in 1945, where George built their home in Englewood, where he still resides today at 99 years old.  She lived long and happily.

Perkie's life was inspired by her love of dance.  She was one of the founders of the Denver Civic Ballet in the early 1960's, and made a lifetime of contributions to Denver's ballet scene through work with the director's boards and grass roots support of the dance schools of Lillian Covillo, Lillian Cushing, Gwen Bowen as well as the David Taylor Dance Company.

She believed in the altruistic works of the Needlework Guild of America, and most of all, contributed handmade items to the NGA.  In 2005 she was honored for philanthropic efforts as a "Channel 7 Everyday Hero."  Her favorite place to volunteer for many years was the Sewall Rehabilitation Center.  She hosted their children's Christmas party each year, and served on the volunteer board for many years. Among other awards she earned were the Yasuri Minori Award for outstanding service in Denver as well.

She and George were avid golfers.  They were charter members of Pinehurst Country Club as well as members of the Senior Golfers of America for many years.  Perkie served on the Englewood Recreation Council, developing Englewood area parks as well as Broken Tee Golf Course.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 2950 So. University Blvd, Denver Co, 80210, on Monday, February 25th, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations go to Sewall Rehabilitation Center, Atten: Paige Haegle, 1360 Vine St., Denver Co, 80206, 303-399-1800.  Condolences may be sent to George Allen, c/o Christ Church, 2950 So. University, Denver, CO. 80210    

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