Jane Elizabeth Allen, 81, of Arab died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Marshall Medical Center North.
Mrs. Allen was born in 1939, in Dayton, Va. She attended schools in Arlington and Harrisonburg. After attending James Madison University in 1957-58 (formerly Madison College), she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked in the investigations division for the Civil Service Commission.
She soon after worked for the United States Navy department at The Pentagon, where she met her husband. Shortly after marriage, the couple moved to Alabama.
She had a long career working for the United States military branches. Among the things she worked on were being involved in the establishment of the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS), supporting the communications mission during the Cuban Missile Crisis, preparing reports on the Prisoners of War returning from Vietnam, and serving as assistant editor of the Air Force Journal of Logistics, a magazine distributed worldwide.
She was awarded a medal for outstanding civilian service to the Department of the Air Force and later an American Flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol.
After retiring in 1994, she traveled to Israel, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland and Mexico. Upon moving to Arab in 2008, she and Bill enjoyed exploring the backroads, visiting Lake Guntersville State Park and traveling to neighboring towns.
She was a member of Arab Church of Christ.
She wanted to be remembered for faithfully serving the Lord during her lifetime and for being a Christian wife, mother and grandmother. She was always in her glory when the whole family gathered at their house to partake of delicious food and engage in enlightening conversations.
She is survived by her husband: William Thomas; children and in-laws: Andrea and Tom Weathington, William and Kristin Allen and Lori and Frank Tatom; grandchildren: William Weathington, Harrison Weathington, Ben Tatom, Maggie Tatom, Riley Allen and Reese Allen; brother: Garland Shull; and sister: Yvonne Fulk.
She was preceded in death by two brothers: Gary Shull and Jimmy Shull.
Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel assisted the family.