Isabel S. Allen, of Grand Island, a retired nursery school teacher and director, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. She was 88.
Born Isabel Nicholson in Niagara Falls, a twin, she grew up in South Buffalo and was a graduate of South Park High School. She worked for Bell Aircraft during World War II, helping to build fighter planes and bombers. After the war, she earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the University of Buffalo.
After marrying longtime Courier-Express columnist John E. "Jack" Allen in 1947 and moving to Grand Island in 1951, she became a teacher and director at the Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School, serving there for 25 years.
Her husband died in 1979.
Surviving are two sons, Scott and Bruce, and a daughter, Meg Pietras.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.