CORNISH- Beth Mary Allen died at her home in Cornish, Maine on October 4th, 2019 with her beloved sister Elaine, oldest daughter Suze, and dear friend, Trish at her bedside. She was 75 years old.
Beth was born in Ware, Massachusetts on July 18, 1944 to Rose and Lauriston Buker and was mostly raised in Warren, Massachusetts on Keyes Street. Her family eventually moved to York Harbor,Maine where she attended York High School and was a force to be reckoned with on the Wildcats basketball team. She had a happy childhood with loving parents and was very close to her older sister and two brothers. Their house was always filled with her mom’s delicious baked goods. Beth got her wonderful and often irreverent sense of humor from her family and her laugh was infectious.
Much of her adult life was spent in Ogunquit, Maine where she married the love of her life, Cedric Allen, raised four children and worked as a waitress at The Ogunquit Lobster Pound, The Omelette Factory, and as front of house manager at Jonathan’s Restaurant. Beth went on to become a home health caregiver until she retired in 2014. She was also an inspired painter of Primitive Art, Folk Art and Tole painting. Cedric, a carpenter, fashioned many of her wooden and metal creations and Beth sold her beautiful wooden plates and bowls, paintings, and innovative Christmas decorations in craft fairs all over the state and beyond.
In 2005 she and her husband moved to the woods of Waterboro, Maine, where they created a beautiful home surrounded by birch trees and pines, visited by deer, wild turkeys and red headed woodpeckers among many other beautiful Maine birds.
Beth and Cedric and their whole family were literally happy campers. Throughout their lives they spent nearly 32 summers as seasonal residents of Bunganut Lake Campground in Lyman. Bunganut was Beth’s happy place. She was an avid swimmer, and taught her children and many of her grandchildren to swim. She loved sitting in front of the campfire and listening to the loons. Their site at Bunganut Lake was constantly filled with family, friends, love, fun and laughter. And there was always delicious food. Beth was an amazing cook. Fortunately, she got to spend a few special days at the lake before she passed.
Beth is predeceased by her beloved parents, Rose and Lauriston Buker, her loving husband of 50 years, Cedric Allen, her son Kenneth Allen, and step daughter Cheri Allen. She is survived by her children, Suze Allen of San Francisco, Barbara Allen of New Mexico, Jason Allen of Moody, and step daughter Pam Burton of Damariscotta, her son in law, Michael Bellino, and grandchildren Scott, Eliza, Laura, Naomi, Zeke, Everette, Hayden, Hattie Rose, Colten, Athena, Nathaniel, and Gabriel as well as great grandchildren Kassidy and Nolan. Beth is also survived by her siblings Kenneth Buker and his wife Norma of Arizona, Russell Buker and his partner Pat of Calais, Maine, and Elaine Howard and her husband Wayne of Schroon Lake, NY as well as 11 nieces and nephews.
At Beth’s request there will be no service.
Arrangements are with Poitras, Neal & York Funeral Home, Cornish, www.mainefuneral.com