Madeline Skinner Allen

Madeline Skinner Allen, born January 4, 1928, went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 11, 2018.  Madeline, a lifelong resident of Lawson, Mo., was born in Orrick, Mo., to Loyd A. Skinner and Ruby M. Cavender Skinner.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Raymond D. Allen; parents; and brothers, Harold, Albert, Billy F. and Ronald Skinner.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Paul R. Allen and wife, Dr. Emily Ann Allen of Lawson, Mo.; daughter, Marsha E. Searcy and husband, Ken Searcy of Lathrop, Mo.; three grandchildren, Curtis D. Allen, Kansas City, Mo., Bradely D. Allen, Colorado, and Lynn N. Searcy Hicks, Lawson, Mo.; two great grandchildren, Kylar D. Hicks and Kaden A. McKee; and several nieces and nephews.

Madeline was an accomplished seamstress having worked at the Linda Lane Sewing Factory in Excelsior Springs.  She worked along Raymond on the Centennial Farm raising cattle and doing custom combining, baling, and spraying work.  She was well known for her ability to handle and maneuver her two-ton grain truck in the field and at farm centers.  Madeline was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a charter member of the Lathrop Car, Tractor, and Engine Association. During Paul and Marsha’s younger years, she took on leadership roles in the Cub Scouts, Brownies, Girl Scouts, and 4-H Clubs.

Madeline was a lifelong Christian and a member of the Lawson Baptist Church.  Madeline’s life and poetry reflected her belief that one’s life is complete when God’s grace and guidance are embraced.

Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Bross & Spidle Funeral Lawson Chapel in Lawson, Mo., with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Lawson Cemetery.  Contributions on Madeline’s behalf may be made to the Lathrop Antique Car, Tractor and Engine Assoc., Box 334, Lathrop, MO 64465.

Our Sincere Condolences

In appreciation of the time, in person and on the phone, Madeline spent visiting with mother …. her joyful spirit will be missed. Our condolences to both your families.
Robert and Margaret Elliott

Aunt Madeline was loving, caring, fun. I enjoyed going to her home in country to be with her, Uncle Raymond, and my cousins Marsha and Paul.  I can still remember today of the homemade cookies she had made thinking they were chocolate chip. I had a lot and later found out they were raisin. Needless to say the cookies didn’t stay down long.. I loved to play and climb in the barn with Marsha. But, I really loved when Aunt Madeline would just sit and hold and rock me when I needed it.  Aunt Madeline also helped me grow with my faith. I would go to Vacation Bible school and church on Sunday’s. Aunt Madeline you are in God’s arms at Home with Hi, also with Uncle Raymond and Grandma Skinner and your Brother’s. Until we see each other again I love you and miss you. Oh thank you for calling me back in April by surprise.
Love you.  Leveta

Just heard about the loss of your mother – sorry we won’t be able to get to service, but our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was such a sweet lady and a great neighbor. Condolences to you all.
Barb Callaway

Madeline taught me unconditional love.  I didn’t recognize it when I was young and didn’t appreciate it for many years. After my house burned in February 1968, Madeline and Marsha sheltered me. Using fabric that I purchased, Madeline sewed the clothes that I took to the University of Missouri-Columbia in the fall of 1969.  A few weeks later she shorted the skirts to fit the fashion of the time. In the last years, Madeline would call to say she wanted to hear my voice. She’d always end our call with “I love you.” Finally I appreciate the abundance of strength and love that Paul and Marsha gathered from Madeline. That love and strength allowed the three of them to honor Madeline and her wishes. May you have comfort knowing that Madeline so positively moved those she touched.
D Searcy
(Dorothy Smith)