Services for Mary Ann Allen will be at 2:00p.m. on Sunday, February 13, 2022, at
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 420 Lincoln Street, Simmesport, LA. Rev. Chris
Augustine, Sr. will be officiating. Interment will be in Greater New Bethel Baptist
Ms. Allen, 60, of Simmesport, LA, passed away on February 5, 2022, at Rapides
Regional Medical Center. She is preceded in death by her parents: Daniel (Sonny)
Allen, Sr., and Vera Mae Smith Allen, brother: Daniel Allen, Jr., sister: Rita Gail
Allen, nephew: Archie Allen, Jr., and maternal & paternal grandparents.
Sister Mary Ann Allen was born on April 2, 1961, to the late Daniel (Sonny) and
Vera Mae Smith Allen in Shaw, Mississippi. She accepted Jesus Christ at an early
age and was baptized by the late Alvin Courtney at Greater New Bethel Baptist
Church in Simmesport, LA, now under the leadership of Reverend Chris
Augustine, Sr., Sister Allen was a lifelong member of Greater New Baptist Church,
where she served faithfully as a member of the Senior Choir. In her service to the
Lord, Sister Allen did whatever was asked of her by choir directors. She used her
God given talent as a singer to praise Him, and hearing her sing blessed everyone
Sister Allen was employed by the Avoyelles Parish School Board as an educator.
Although she held the title “teacher”, Mary wore many hats throughout her thirty-
five years in education – disciplinarian, nurse, counselor, cafeteria worker, and
custodian, just to name a few. She loved her students and never missed an
opportunity for professional development in the pursuit of improving upon her
craft as an educator.
Sister Allen leaves to cherish her loving memories: two children (twins): son,
Jonas Allen (Jasmine) and daughter: Latoya Allen, three sisters: Virginia Scott
(Walter), Debbie Allen, and Classie Stovall (Randy), brother: Archie Allen, Sr.,
grandchildren: Nazyriah Allen, Amyriah Allen, Kingston Allen, and Avrielle
Allen, aunt: Bernice Simmons (Marshall), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins,
other relatives and friends.
Mary’s legacy will live on through her family and friends, whom she loved dearly.