Marion Turner Allen, of DeWitt, granddaughter of a North Lansing pioneer, died Monday. She was 61. Allen was the wife of Judge Glenn Allen of the State Court of Appeals. A Lansing native, Allen graduated from Lansing Central High School and Michigan State University. She also attended Lansing Community College and Lansing Business University.
In 1948, she joined the secretarial staff of the Michigan Department of Public Health and became secretary to the director of laboratories. In that capacity, she also served as supervisor of the laboratory administration office. Allen was one of three Lansing secretaries selected to join the ranks of the certified professional secretaries of the nation in 1956. A popular figure among her colleagues in the Lansing Chapter of the National Secretaries Association, Allen was voted "Secretary of the Year" in 1957 and 1962. Allen retired from a 31-year career with the state health department in 1979. At a retirement party in her honor, Allen surprised her colleagues with a book she had written on the history of the department, covering the years 1907 to 1975.
Allen was born in Lansing, the daughter of the H. E Turners, North Lansing pioneers. She was married to Raymond Bosworth Smith, who died in a World War II plane crash. In January 1979, she was married to Court of Appeals Judge Glenn Allen. Arrangements will be announced by the Ester-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.