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Evelyn Nettie Stewart Allen

December 24, 1917 — June 20, 2023

Coudersport, Pa.


Evelyn Nettie Stewart Allen      "Nanny"


COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Evelyn Nettie Stewart Allen, 105, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with her loving family by her side, on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born on Monday, December 24, 1917, in Oswayo Township, she was a daughter of Ernest Washington Stewart and Christina Ryland Stewart.

Evelyn attended school in Oswayo and Shinglehouse. She married Clarence Kelligan and together they had four children; Dorla, Marlene, Keith, and Shirlee. She later married Merle Allen on July 8th, 1944. They had one daughter, Sheila Allen.

During World War II, Evelyn worked at the Eldred Munitions Plant. She later was employed at Galeton Production, Smith’s Drug Store, Buchanan’s Pharmacy, and along with her husband, Merle, owned and operated the Blarney Stone Tavern in Coudersport for several years.

She was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, a former member of the Catholic Daughters, and a lifetime member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192 Ladies Auxiliary. She volunteered for the Red Cross Bloodmobile and the Charles Cole Hospital Gift Shop for more than 25 years—well into her 90s.

Left to cherish her memory are fifteen grandchildren: Terry (Karen) Tucker, Colleen (Walter) Ramsey, Steven (Judy) Tucker, Patricia (Thomas) Russell, Anne (Alan) Acker, Edgar (Pam) Tucker, Nancy (Doug) Pautz, Tim Davenport, Sherri Davenport Rank, David Kelligan, Lorrie (Randy) Riale, Patrick (Shelia) Kelligan, Tim Kelligan, Michael Kelligan, and Kevin Kohn; thirty great-grandchildren: Katie (Keith) Milks, Christopher (Jess) Howard, Molly (Isaac) Cary, Maggie Acker, Lee (Heather) Tucker, Seth Tucker, Chelsea (Ben) Clarkson, Kristina Tucker, Emily (Rachael) Blankenship Tucker, Edgar Brandon Tucker, Bradley (Amber) Tucker, Alizé Kelligan, Gabriel Kelligan, Christopher Blackwell, Bryan Blackwell, Jenny Davenport, Lauren Miller, Emily Kreisley, Adrienne (Jerrod) Bean, Kenneth Johnson, Michael Johnson, Elizabeth (Michael Wight) Smith, Kathie Kelligan, Dan (Tessa Fair) Kelligan, Kelly (Jay) Gooch, Jennifer (Gary) Merriman, Harley (Kristen) Ramsey, Amy (Cory) Shaw, Jim (Emily) Tucker, and Steven (Erika) Tucker; forty-six great-great-grandchildren: Alexis Annis, Sophia Annis, Aiden Bean, Raylee Bean, Abby Bean, Nicholas Johnson, Braxton Weiler, Brooke Gustafson, Jayson Butler, Ethan Wight, Elizabeth Wight, Madison Myers, Alisha Roberdy, Dan Jr. Kelligan, Alex Kelligan, Nora Evelyn Clarkson, Silas Henry Blankenship Tucker, Emma Tucker, Mia Tucker, Madison Blackwell, Michael Blackwell, Dylan Howard, Daniel Duke Howard, Avery Eskesen, Cooper Eskesen, Charlie Eskesen, Anna Eskesen, Lincoln Cary, Maggie Jane Cary, Morgan Ramsey Gooch, Nicholas Merriman, Gregory Merriman, Jonathan Merriman, Chancelor Ramsey, Cormac Ramsey, Raine (Brandyn) DeLong, Killian Ramsey, Aurora Ramsey, Ellie Shaw, Evan Shaw, Brock Shaw, Jenna Shaw, Jovie Tucker, Mila Tucker, Theo Tucker, Annabelle Tucker, and Dawson Tucker; and several nieces and nephews.

Evelyn took care of just about every grandchild and great-grandchild at one time or another and always had the neighborhood kids milling about as well. She never had a cross word to say about anyone. She did a great job keeping everything in perspective. She was known as ‘Nanny’ to most everyone, including the people she worked and volunteered with through the years. She will be sadly missed.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was predeceased by her first husband, Clarence Kelligan; her second husband, Merle Allen; four daughters, Dorla Tucker, Marlene Kromar, Shirlee Leete, and Shelia Allen; her son, Keith Kelligan; grandson, Tom Leete; a great-grandson, Luke Russell; a granddaughter, Anne Leete Seager; and a sister, Velma Miller.

Family and friends may call from 9am to 10am on Saturday, July 22, 2023, at the gathering space of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, July 22, 2023, in St. Eulalia Catholic Church, with the Rev. Christopher Wheeler, as celebrant. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers That Care, PO Box750, Coudersport, PA 16915; to American Legion Post 192 Ladies Auxiliary, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Evelyn entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Saturday, July 22, 2023

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6 Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915

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Saturday, July 22, 2023

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