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In Memory of

Ann Shepard Allen

August 9, 1941 - September 28, 2017

Obituary


Ann Shepard Allen died peacefully on September 28, 2017, after a hard-fought battle with a long illness. She is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years and love of her life, Edward Smith Allen, their daughter Susan Allen Terrell (Joshua) and son James Morris Allen (Jennifer), her sister Susan Shepard Kerr (Theodore), of Midland, Texas, and grandchildren Jacob Allen Horton, Stephanie Ann Terrell, and James Shepard Allen. She was preceded in death by her parents Fayette Gleason Shepard and Marian Clark Shepard.
Ann was born in Evanston, Illinois, on August 9, 1941. After...

Ann Shepard Allen died peacefully on September 28, 2017, after a hard-fought battle with a long illness. She is survived by her beloved husband of 43 years and love of her life, Edward Smith Allen, their daughter Susan Allen Terrell (Joshua) and son James Morris Allen (Jennifer), her sister Susan Shepard Kerr (Theodore), of Midland, Texas, and grandchildren Jacob Allen Horton, Stephanie Ann Terrell, and James Shepard Allen. She was preceded in death by her parents Fayette Gleason Shepard and Marian Clark Shepard.
Ann was born in Evanston, Illinois, on August 9, 1941. After living in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for four years, she moved with her family to Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from The Brooke Hill School for Girls (now The Altamont School) in Birmingham and Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. In later life, she joked that her degree in Mathematics was a mistake, although she certainly enjoyed her early years in the pioneering computer time-sharing industry in Atlanta, where she made many friends. Subsequently, Ann earned a degree in Interior Design, a field much closer to her heart and true professional calling than the aforementioned mathematics.
Ann was a "people person" - outgoing, funny, and witty. A friend to many, she was member of too many organizations and groups to recount, although she was particularly active in the Junior League of Birmingham (in which she served as the editor of the Junior League Newsheet and was a longtime member of St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church, 1910 12th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama, at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 3, with visitation to follow. Donations in Ann's memory are welcomed to either St. Mary's-on-the-Highlands or to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.


Arrangements under the direction of Ridout's Valley Chapel, Homewood, AL.