Mary Alice was born Sept. 4, 1927, to Fred and Lilly (Repp) Riggs in Dumont. While earning her bachelor's degree at York College, Max Lyle Allen caught her attention. They married on June 18, 1948 and had 60 years of partnership and adventures; raised eight children and kept active with family, friends, church, horses, gardening, computers and books.
Max and Mary Alice pastored the Cranston Evangelical United Brethren Church in rural southeastern Iowa in the 1950s and in 1960, they moved to Minnesota to continue their ministry of service by working for the Volunteers of America, a Christian social service organization. They worked with troubled boys at Bar None Boys Ranch in Anoka and then at Galloway Boys Ranch in Wahkon until their retirement in 1988.
Mary Alice's life-long passions were serving her Savior and building relationships with others. She had many hobbies but especially enjoyed gathering and communicating with family and friends.
Mary Alice's life is proof that God does "do exceeding abundantly, above all that we can ask or imagine." She continually invited others to give "glory to God in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever."
Mary Alice is survived by her children: Ted (Karen Seay) of Edina, Minn., Nancy (Larry Hendry) of Isle, Minn., John (Pam) of New Hope, Minn., Scot (Becky) of Little Falls, Minn., Joy Allen (Joretta Marshall) of Fort Worth, Texas, Ross (Annie) of Zurich, Switzerland and Amy (Jeff Kelly) of Le Mars; two brothers Donald (Doris) Riggs of Ames, and Carl (Connie) Riggs of Cedar Falls; her daughter-in-law Anita Allen of Zumbrota, Minn.; 21 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many, many family and friends.
Preceding Mary Alice to heaven were her husband (Max), son, Mark; parents Fred and Lilly; sisters, Beth and Jean, and and brothers Max, Robert, and Glenn.
Funeral service will be 12 noon Saturday, March 3, at Rejoice Community Church in Le Mars with Pastor Jon Moravec officiating. Visitation with the family present will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Visitation will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time. Immediately following the funeral, a time of fellowship will be held at the church prior to the inurnment service. Inurnment will be at Grand Meadow Cemetery, Washta, Iowa. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Memorials can be directed to Heifer International or Samaritan's Purse.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.