Allen, Lucy Elizabeth (nee Bowles) (1852-1916)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by W.S.B.

On Christmas Day, after prolonged suffering, patiently borne, Mrs. L.E. Allen, of our Attleborough Church (Rockland Circuit) passed into the Homeland. For thirty-three years she had been in membership with our cause in the town of Attleborough, and through all these years had served with a devotion deep and rare.

Our sister’s nature was intensely religious. In her character there was a fine blending of sweetness and strength. Her personality possessed a grace and charm which sprang from close and constant communion with God. She performed beautiful deeds because she was a beautiful soul. Her ministry to the sick and aged brought sunshine and cheer to many troubled hearts. She did not escape the cross. Her last years were filled with suffering, but through it all she held on her way, and was more than conqueror through Christ who strengthened her.

“She took with solemn thankfulness
Her burden up, nor asked it less.”

She faced the end in confidence and certain hope, and greeted death with a smile. Her removal leaves us afflicted with a deep sense of loss, but our sorrow is swallowed up in praise for the gift of her gracious life with its legacy of love and inspiration. 


Lucy was born in the spring of 1852 at Greenwich, Kent, to parents William George Bowles, a plumber & glazier (1861), and Lucy Ann Johnson.

Before her marriage Lucy worked as a domestic servant (1871).

She married William Allen (1855-1907), a tailor & outfitter (1891), on 9 December 1883 at Attleborough, Norfolk. Census return identify four of five children.

  • William Robert (1884-1970) – a tailor & cutter (1911)
  • Hilda Maria (1886-1936) – married Arthur James Self, an assistant grocer (1911), in 1913
  • Walter Harry (1890-1891)
  • Eva (1896-1945) – married Joseph John Page, a master tailor (1939), in 1916

Lucy died on 25 December 1916 at Attleborough, Norfolk.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1917/513

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