Reita B Allen, 94, of Mexico, died at 2:30 p.m., Thursday June 22, 2017, at King’s Daughters Home in Mexico.

   Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Elmwood Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Ostrom officiating. There will be no visitation. Pickering Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

   Reita was born on July 18, 1922, in Mexico. She was the daughter of Horace Henry and Neely Ruth (Burrows) Allen.

   She had worked for Pearl Motor Company and worked for Florsheim Shoe Company until it closed the Mexico factory and then she was secretary for Farm Bureau. She served for many years as secretary for the Audrain Humane Society. She was an avid bowler and traveled to many state tournaments. She was a member of the women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame. She was a Cardinal Baseball fan and she loved watching golf on tv.

   Reita was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Mexico, having joined the church in the mid 1930’s.

   Survivors include six nephews, Jerry Allen, Mexico, Dan Allen and wife Teresa, of Indiana, Rod Allen and wife Cindy, Lees Summit, L. Mark Allen, Higginsville, Barry Knipfel and wife Jackie, Mexico, and Bruce Knipfel and wife Nancy, North Kansas City, MO; one brother in law, Robert L. Knipfel, Mexico; and one sister in law, Mary E. Allen, Mexico; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

   She was preceded in death by one brother, Kirby K Allen, and one sister, Dorothy Mae Knipfel.

   Memorials may be made to the Audrain Humane Society. They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral home, 403 N. Western Mexico, MO, 65265.

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Condolences for a great bowler and the memories we made! - Barbara( Smith) Brandt

I use to work at the King's Daughters Home, and I helped take care of Rita. She was witty, funny and a lot of fun. So sorry for your loss, as I know she will be missed. It was my pleasure to have known her. - Karol Dunkle

I'm sorry for your loss. Reita always had a smile and was a humorous soul. - Gayle Mattox

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