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Vera Ida (Birk) Allen

September 7, 1930 ~ May 25, 2019 (age 88)

Surrounded by her family, Vera Ida Allen, 88, of rural Jackson, passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019, at her home.

Born September 7, 1930, near Tilsit, Vera was the eighth of nine children born to Alvin M. and Amanda Lange Birk.

Vera was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit, also the church of her baptism, confirmation, and marriage.  She and Murel Allen were married March 30, 1952.  They had been married 44 years when Murel passed away April 19, 1996.

Vera was a 1948 graduate of Jackson High School.  She worked at the Jackson Hosiery Mill, Shaper’s IGA Foodliner, and was a substitue rural mail carrier, but she especially enjoyed farming with Murel and spending time with the grandchildren. 

Loving survivors include two daughters, Cathy (Mark) Bonneville of Plymouth, Minnesota and Janet Allen of Scott City, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Cara Sue Allen of Cape Girardeau, Rachel (Ryan) Laughlin, and Katie, Brian, Sarah, John, and Daniel Bonneville; and a brother, Nelson (Mary) Birk; a brother-in-law, Mike (Barb) Allen; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth (the late Walter) Aufdenberg and Judy (the late Larry) Allen. 

She was preceded in death by her husband; and seven siblings, Gerhard Birk, Alfred Birk, Vanita Spooler, Hulda Sievers, Alma Mouser, Laura Nagel, and Elverda Allen.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and from 10 a.m. to service time, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tilsit, with the Rev. Loren Boettcher officiating.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


Donations may be made to:

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (Tilsit)
496 State Hwy. F, Jackson MO 63755
Tel: 1-573-204-4700

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery (Tilsit)
496 St. Hwy. F, Jackson MO 63755
Tel: 1-573-204-4700

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