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Barbara Allen

Barbara Allen

Female 1903 - 2003  (99 years)

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  • Name Barbara Allen  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 5 Oct 1903  Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 5
    Gender Female 
    Died 12 Feb 2003  Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Mesa City Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I2818  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2016 

    Father John Seymour Allen,   b. 27 Nov 1870, Richmond, Cache, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1966, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Mother Barbara Ann Phelps,   b. 26 Aug 1877, Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1957, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 2 Oct 1895  Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F3326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Paul Leslie Crandall,   b. 28 Nov 1901, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1987, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1924  Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
    +1. Barbara Jean Crandall,   b. 3 Jun 1926, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     2. Wilford Myron Crandall,   b. 21 Oct 1931, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 May 2005, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Don Ashael Crandall,   b. 31 Jul 1933, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1971, Ramona, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)
     4. Charles Lee Crandall,   b. 21 Dec 1935, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1952, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F2221  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Barbara Allen

  • Notes 
    • Barbara Allen Crandall, in her own words, written 1995:

      I was born in the two-room house on the 20 acre farm at the southwest corner of Stapley and Broadway in Mesa, the fourth child of Barbara and John Seymour. I was three when we moved to the Lamb Ranch.

      My first five years of school were in Mesa, then in 1915 we moved to the ranch south of Gilbert and I started school there. Dad had a large dairy, 40 to 60 cows, so when I was in the eighth grade, I was milking ten cows every night and morning and riding my little mare to school with neither saddle nor bridle.

      My eighth and ninth grade years I went to Chandler. I started at Tempe Normal in 1921 and in 1923 graduated and began teaching in Ocotillo. I married Paul Crandall in 1924. Paul rented an 80-acre farm from George Lewis for two years, but the farm depression was severe and he went broke both years. Paul held down various jobs during the depression--drove an ice truck, Mesa city street sprinkler, fuel and feed sales, bought a service station, delivered Union Oil, supervised county highways and then went back to farming, his true love, with his brother Lee.

      I held church positions from 12 years of age when I was secretary of the Primary. I taught various classes then was called to the Primary Stake Board before I was married, where I served for 20 years, ending as Stake President. I had one daughter and five sons during those years.

      In 1943 I went back to teaching to help out for a year or so during World War II. I retired 27 years later. During this time I was MIA president six years, Junior Gleaner teacher six years, and Genealogy director for five years. I then directed travel tours for nine years. Paul served in the bishopric of Mesa First Ward for 13 years. In 1952 our fourth son, Charles, died of Hodgkins' Disease, and in 1971 Don was killed in an auto accident in California.

      We had served as ordained Temple workers for five years then we were called to the Tulsa, Oklahoma Mission in December 1979. Paul developed high blood pressure, so we were released after one year. He developed prostate cancer five years later and died August 26, 1987.

      We have 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. I am 92 years old, and have been a Relief Society visiting teacher since I retired from school teaching. My four living children come to my home for lunch every Tuesday, a great delight to all of us.

      Obituary, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb 2003:

      Barbara Allen Crandall, 99 year old Mesa native, died on Wednesday, February 12, 2003, at her Mesa home.

      Born October 5, 1903, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul L. Crandall, two sons, Don Ashael and Charles Lee.

      Barbara rode a horse bareback to Mesa and Gilbert elementary schools and graduated from high school and got her teaching certificate in 1923 from Tempe Normal School, now ASU in Tempe. While there she was on the varsity softball and volleyball teams.

      Her first teaching job was in Ocotillo, and on June 6, 1924, she married Paul L. Crandall. They made their home and reared six children in Mesa. In 1937 she was contacted by Joe Jarvis, newly named Mesa recreation director, who asked her to organize a recreation program to keep the kids busy during the summer. This was the beginning of the Mesa Parks and Recreation program. She recruited a small group of volunteers workers and they taught games, dancing and songs, played sports and went swimming on Wednesdays. Each season wound up with staging of a production involving all of the children in costume. In all, Barbara directed the program for seven years.

      Barbara worked for a while in Maricopa County politics, was an attache in the State Legislature, a precinct committeeman and was vice chairman of the Maricopa County Democratic organization for a year.

      With World War II manpower shortages, Barbara went back to school, teaching fifth grade in Lehi. Besides classroom subjects, she went onto the playground and taught the boys football, baseball and basketball. The girls were instructed in volleyball, dodgeball, Jump rope and softball. Her teaching philosophy was that every child participated and had a costume in any activity. She wound up her 27 year teaching career at Lowell school in Mesa.

      Barbara held many ward and stake leadership and teaching positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was active in the Primary for 20 years and later in the Mutual Improvement Association (MIA), the youth organization of the Church. She was presented a Golden Gleaner recognition award for service. In 1979-80 she filled a mission with her husband for the Church in the Tulsa Oklahoma Mission. They were also ordinance workers for several years in the Arizona Temple in Mesa. She was a charter member of Phi Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, teachers' sorority.

      In 1978 she was named Mesa Merit Mother and was runner-up for Arizona Mother of the Year. She was a charter member and first secretary of the Mesa Historical Society. After her retirement from teaching, Barbara organized the Arizona Ramblers Travel Club and conducted bus tours, primarily for senior citizens, throughout the United States and Canada.

      She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Nielsen, three sons, Paul L. Jr., Wilford M. (Wil). and Dr. John A., all of Mesa, one sister, Mary Hardison, Vallejo, Ca, one brother, Russell H. Allen of Mesa. She has 19 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

      Viewing will be held at Meldrum Mortuary, 52 N. Macdonald, on Monday, 6-8:00 P.M., (also one hour prior to services at the Church). Funeral services will be held Tuesday February 18, at 10:00 A.M. at Centennial Ward, 422 E. University.

      Interment will be at Mesa Cemetery 1212 N Center.

      In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mesa Historical Society.

  • Sources 
    1. [S20] 1930 United States Federal Census, on Ancestry.com.

    2. [S25] Social Security Death Index, on Ancestry.com.

    3. [S22] 1910 United States Federal Census, on Ancestry.com.

    4. [S931] Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants by John Cortland Crandall. New Woodstock, NY, 1949.

    5. [S119] Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen, by Gerald R. Fuller. Esther Fuller Dial, ed. The Andrew Lee Allen Family Organization, 1952.

    6. [S1263] Personal records held by P & T Nielsen Hayden.