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Ruth E. Allen, 93, Salvation Army employee; June 23, 1917 -- Feb. 24, 2011

Ruth E. Allen, a longtime Salvation Army employee and service volunteer, died Feb. 24 in Beechwood Residence, Getzville. She was 93.

Born Ruth Gusse in Buffalo, she graduated from Fosdick-Masten Park High School in 1935. She went on to work at the Moot Sprague law firm and for National Aniline before serving in various positions with the Salvation Army.

Mrs. Allen served as director of family and personal services and director of community services and public relations for 27 years. She was instrumental in establishing the organization's emergency shelter for women and children, the first of its kind in the community, in 1966.

She also worked with the Junior League of Buffalo to help establish the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and, in 1991, received its Blue Bonnet Award.

After her retirement in 1982, the Town of Tonawanda resident served as public relations director for the Boy Scouts of America and volunteered for The Buffalo News' News Neediest Fund and WIVB-TV's "Call for Action."

Mrs. Allen also served as assistant director of volunteers at Central Referral Services and was a supporter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Western New York.

Her husband, Robert, died in 2004.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. May 29 in Beechwood Residence, 2235 Millersport Highway, Getzville.

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