Mary Stotsenburg Allen passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home early Friday morning, February 24, 2023, at the age of 89.
Mary was born in New Jersey in 1933, the eldest child of Rev. Charles and Margaret Stotsenburg.
Mary married Oscar Allen in 1964, after he proposed in the Great Smoky Mountains, NC. They spent over 40 years living in Paoli, PA before moving to Oxford, PA to be closer to their son and his family. After graduating from Eastern Baptist College Mary had a lifelong career devoted to the church, specializing in Christian education. Most of her years in ministry were spent at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA and Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, PA. Mary’s talents were many, but she had a deep love of music and was a gifted singer and piano player.
Mary is survived by her husband of 59 years, Oscar; her two children, Ruth Anne (Dan) McCauley and John (Pauline) Allen; her three grandchildren, Gillian McCauley, Isaac Allen and Maxton Allen; as well as her sister, Ruth Stotsenburg.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks those who would like to honor Mary to make a special gift to The Center Philadelphia, whose service to the community through the Arch Street Methodist Church held a special place in Mary’s heart. Donations may be made in her memory at https://thecenterphiladelphia.org or through mail to 55 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Mary lived a rich and full life. She will very much be missed.
Arrangements are being handled by the Edward L. Collins, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. Oxford, PA. On-line condolences may be made at www.elcollinsfuneralhome.com.
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