Otisville, MI – It is with great sadness that the family of Mae Jean (Davis) Allen announced her passing on Sunday (Sept. 6).
Born on Dec. 8, 1931, Ms. Allen was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan and Ruth Davis; her loving husband of 53 years, Carl; her sister, Amy Cook; her brother, Ivan; and her grandson, Clinton.
She is survived by her sister, Pamela; brother, David; and four loving sons, Chet (Shelley), Mike (Patti), Rod (Dawn) and Marty (Jane). She was blessed with nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
“Jean” or “Jeannie,” as she was known, attended Michigan State University until marrying her longtime beau, Carl Allen.
A great supporter of harness racing, Ms. Allen was the secretary for Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association in the early 1970’s. She was an owner and breeder of many stakes winners and record-holding Standardbreds. She loved all aspects of the sport, especially the experiences of the Grand Circuit and the friendships of people she met along the way.
She was a loyal wife and biggest fan of Mr. Allen’s endeavors on and off the racetrack. As the loving mother of “her boys,” she could be seen cheering them on at every high school wrestling meet or tournament. She loved collecting wild animal figurines and perfectly placing them in elaborate Christmas scenes all over her home for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy.
Wherever Ms. Allen went, so did her camera, capturing church steeples, wild life, and horses throughout her travels. In her later years, she became the “Puzzle Queen” insisting on order and keeping her mind sharp. She will forever be remembered for her grace and kindness to all that loved and knew her.
The funeral service for Mae Jean Allen will be held graveside at the Smith Hill Cemetery at 130 E. Main Street in Otisville, Michigan, on Saturday (Sept. 12) at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Christian Harness Horseman’s Association, 157 N. Main Street, Salem, NH 03079, or Stable of Memories Inc., PO Box 11073, Lexington, KY 40512-1073.