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Isabel S. Allen, nursery school teacher and director

Jan. 18, 1922 -- Jan. 8, 2011

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.

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