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Sara Turner Allen

March 13, 1940 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Sara Allen Obituary

Sara “Bunny” Allen, 83, peacefully passed away in Cornville, Arizona on her favorite day of the
year, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2023, with family nearby and surrounded by love. She was
born in Tennessee to Leven and Sarah Keith Turner. She grew up on Lookout Mountain with
her sister Barbara. Bunny graduated from GPS (Girls’ Preparatory School) in 1958. Bunny
attended Vanderbilt University where she met and married the love of her life, William “Bill” H.
Allen, Jr., and they enjoyed 62 years of marriage. Bunny graduated from Ole Miss in Oxford, MS
in 1963. She and Bill moved to Tucson, Arizona where she fell in love with the Sonoran Desert.
After several cross country moves for work – Beltsville, Maryland; Ames, Iowa; and Rolla,
Missouri – they returned to her beloved Arizona for good.

Bunny was an accomplished musician and pianist, but her passion was playing handbells. She
mentored many ringers throughout her 35 years of playing. She played for many decades in
several choirs, including the annual Christmas Concert at the Desert Botanical Garden with the
St. Matthew’s Methodist Church ringers.

Bunny was always busy sewing, cross stitching, tatting, knitting, crocheting, quilting and doing
crewel work—often as gifts for friends and family. Her favorite was her hand-quilting group that
meet weekly for over 20 years with her dear friends at University Presbyterian Church in
Tempe, Arizona. The Arizona desert and all its wildlife, plants and history captivated her. Once
time allowed, she took classes and volunteered with the Arizona Site Steward Program to
protect historic petroglyphs within Arizona. Eventually she was assigned her own site to protect
and later received an award for keeping it safe from defacing and vandalism. During this time,
she was out hiking with fellow site stewards four times a week to check on other protected sites
all over the state, and she culminated her service as Site Steward of the Year.

Bunny was best known as a kind and gentle lady who made time to listen to others. People from
all walks of life were drawn to her. Her gift of listening, compassionate nature, and caring made
her an extraordinary person to all of us.

Bunny is survived by her two daughters Sara Allen Johnson (David Johnson) and Karen Allen;
nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and her niece and nephew Elizabeth Long Qualey
and Robert Long. She was predeceased by her husband Bill Allen, her sister Barbara Long, and
her three children, Lori, Alyssa, and Mark.
Bunny’s Celebration of Life Service will be held on March 16 th at 2pm at University Presbyterian
Church, 139 E Alameda Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282. Memorial donations may be made to Montlure
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Celebration of Life
March 16, 2024

2:00 PM
University Presbyterian Church (Tempe, AZ)


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