Vivian Marie (Hillig) Allen

Born: Thu., Feb. 23, 1928
Died: Fri., Jun. 26, 2020


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Vivian Marie Hillig Allen, age 92, of Griggsville, IL passed on to her eternal life at the Griggsville Estates the morning of June 26, 2020.  She was born February 23, 1928 on the family farm in rural Milton, IL to Laurence and Goldie Davis Hillig.  She married Carroll Ray Allen on August 3, 1946 in Pittsfield, IL by the Rev. Joe Maynard, having celebrated 58 years of marriage at the time of Carroll’s death on May 10, 2004 in Mission, Texas.  

Vivian graduated Valedictorian  in 1945 from Milton High School and then attended Western Illinois University for one year.  She was employed at Trio Manufacturing Company from 1950 where she began working assembling antennas.  She retired in 1992 as plant manager where the purple martin houses and accessories were made.  Vivian was of the Christian faith and in earlier years, she attended the Milton Methodist Church where she was baptized.  She read her Bible daily as well as reading novels if she wasn’t working in puzzle books or keeping up on what was happening by looking at Facebook.  For the past 2 years, she was reading the Jacksonville and Quincy papers daily, as well as the county weekly papers.  Vivian had many other hobbies such as sewing, crocheting, knitting, plastic canvas, and quilting having made at least one quilt for each child, grandchild, and most of her great grandchildren.  In later years, she and Carroll were snowbirds, wintering for about 9 years in Mission, Texas and then became Texas residents.  Vivian continued living there after the death of Carroll until 2018 when she returned to Griggsville to live at the Griggsville Estates.  Vivian loved her family greatly, and they were all very important to her and her family is so grateful for the family-like atmosphere and the care she received while being a resident at the Griggsville Estates.

She is survived by her daughters, Betty (Bill) Craven and Carolyn (Frank) DeJaynes; her son, Rick (Deb) Allen; grandchildren, Darin (Pollee) Craven, Shane (Shona) Allen, Rick Allen, Hayley (Doug) Martin, Todd (Cindy) DeJaynes, Tasha (Keith) Buscemi, and grandson-in-law, Chris (Angela) Hartlieb; great grandchildren, Geoffrey (Alyse) Hartlieb, Dryden (Destiny) Craven, Austin (Colae Johnson) Allen, Hannah (Zach Reinarman) Hartlieb, Francesca (Shaun Livingston) Craven, Will DeJaynes, Drew DeJaynes, Jaden Allen, Sheldan Martin, Sage Martin, Saylor Martin, Henry Buscemi, and Blair Buscemi; sisters-in-law, Vera Gregory, Margie Donithan, and Mary Lois Allen; brothers-in-law, Daniel D. Allen and Myrel (Cheryl) Allen; a nephew who was like a son to them, Dan J. Allen, as well as special nieces, Jean Sanderson, Kay Matthews, Margery Carazzone, and nephews, Jim Carazzone, Jerry Daniel, and Terry Daniel; and many other nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lon and Goldie Hillig; husband, Carroll Allen; granddaughter, Wendy Craven Hartlieb; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice and Donal Daniel and Bona and Joe Carazzone; several sistesr-in-law and brothers-in-law, Clayton and Norma Allen, Oren and Frances Allen, Bob and Elsie Allen, Homer and Betty Allen, Jerry Allen, Dick Allen, Dale Allen, Linda and Ron Wagner, and Harold Gregory; nieces, Glenna Daniel and Dr. Eleanor Daniel; and several nieces and nephews of Carroll’s family.

A private family graveside will be held at Griggsville Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to be made to the Griggsville Estates.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Vivian's memory to the following organization:

Griggsville Estates

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Jay Janna Craig
   Posted Sat June 27, 2020
Dear DeJaynes’ and Allen families: So very sorry for your loss and you are all in our thoughts. Hugs to all of you.

Mike Wagner
   Posted Sun June 28, 2020
To the Vivian Allen family,

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Carolyn, not many words can be said at a time like this, but I pray for you and your families peace and comfort during this time.

Mike Wagner
Hannibal MO

Diana Hammitt
   Posted Sun June 28, 2020
Betty, Carolyn, and Rick - Sending virtual hugs and prayers to all of you. It's especially hard when you lose the last parent. It's hard to find words that express my thoughts but I can relate. It's wonderful that you Mom was home the last few years. I hope you can feel a little comfort knowing your parents are together again and of course they are with beautiful Wendy, who left way too young. My heart goes out to you all.💔🙏🏻 With much love, Diana

Larry Gooud
   Posted Thu July 23, 2020
My first job out of college was at Nature House, formerly Trio, as associate editor of the Nature Society News. Vivian was fun to work with and could always find the humor in every situation.

I am sorry for your loss.

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