Jane Shull Allen, 81, a former resident of Wetumpka, Al, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Marshall Medical Center North, Arab Alabama. Jane is survived by her husband, William T. Allen; son, Bryant Allen; daughter, Andrea Allen Weathington; daughter, Lori Allen Tatom; six Grandchildren; brother, Garland Shull; and sister, Yvonne Fulk. She is preceded in death by her mother, Stella Shull; father, Ernest Shull; brother, Jimmy Shull; and brother, Gary Shull.
Jane was born in Dayton, Virginia, in 1939, and attended schools in Arlington and Harrisonburg. After attending James Madison University (then Madison College) during 1957-1958, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Civil Service Commission, while attending the Strayer School of Business. She then transferred to The Pentagon where she worked for the Navy Department. She met her husband Bill who was in the Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia, in 1963. She married in 1964 and immediately moved to Alabama. After the birth of their first child, Jane was employed by the U.S. Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base. She later transferred to Gunter Air Force Base, where she worked as an editorial assistant for the Extension Course Institute and as an editor/writer for the Air Force Logistics Management Agency. Jane was grateful she had the opportunity to serve our country for over 30 years. After retirement, she pursued her love of travel, visiting Israel, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, and Mexico.
She was a member of the Mt. Hebron Church of Christ in Eclectic from 1972 to 2008 where she published the weekly bulletin, calendar, and directory for many years. She also taught Bible classes and helped in different capacities with Vacation Bible School. After moving to Arab in March 2008, Jane and Bill became members of the Arab Church of Christ.
She continued her writing/photography interests as a member of the Montgomery Branch, National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), Huntsville Branch of NLAPW, Montgomery Press and Authors Club, Alabama Writers' Conclave, Women in the Arts (Decatur, IL), and Alabama State Poetry Society. She served in various NLAPW branch and state offices from 1984 to the present. During that time, she worked tirelessly to improve the image of Alabama writers by rewriting the state bylaws and by compiling albums of members' newspaper publicity/achievements which she donated to the Alabama Department of History and Archives in Montgomery and Huntsville-Madison County Public Library for permanent storage. She continued winning many literary awards for her fiction (mysteries; children's stories), nonfiction, and poetry, as well as having her works published in national and state publications.
Jane wanted to be remembered for faithfully serving the Lord during her lifetime; for being a Christian wife, mother, and grandmother; and for contributing to the awareness and writing of good literature.