Allie Brown Redfern passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at Delmar Gardens of Overland Park, Kansas, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Allie was born in Rockbridge, Missouri, on December 12, 1921, to Alta Elizabeth and Ray Robert Brown. In May of 1939, Allie was united in marriage to Roy E. Redfern and six children were born to this marriage: Jim, Bob, Betty, Cathi, Ed, and Dianne.
Allie spent her life giving to others. Whether it was through her dedication to catering weddings, taking care of those around her or working as the Dietary Manager at Bethesda Care Center in Tarkio, Missouri, she took care of “her” seniors. Allie worked with her husband, Roy, and her sons, Jim and Bob, at the Redfern & Son’s Body Shop for many years. She also worked at Tarkio College, Tarkio Elementary School, and retired from Bethesda Care Center after 25 years of service. Allie was the President of the Missouri Dietary Manager’s Association for a number of years. She loved gardening, cooking, music and making others laugh. Allie was an exceptional cook and was well known for her German chocolate cake and her “sinkers” (as her grandson so aptly named her hot rolls.)
In addition to her parents, Allie was preceded in death by husband, Roy Redfern; siblings, Wanda Mroz, Loren Brown, Lawrence Brown, Sybil Hargus, Lloyd Brown and Alva Brown; great-granddaughter, Charley Hutsler; and son-in-law, Ronald Archambault. Survivors include children, Jim (Trudy) Redfern, Overland Park, Kansas, Bob (Joyce) Redfern, Everett, Oregon, Betty (Bob) Smith and Cathi Archambault, all of Tarkio, Ed Redfern, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Dianne (Chris) Kramer, Lenexa, Kansas; ten grandchildren, Mark (Tracy) Redfern, Raymore, Missouri, Niki Goodrich, Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Christina Kramer, Creston, Iowa, Don (Tami) Boutwell, Athens, Alabama, Jeff Boutwell, New Jersey, Tiffany (Brian) Levitt, Yucca Valley, California, David (Gloria) Smith, Tarkio, Shannon (Dean) Ratliff, Stockton, Missouri, Dee Dee Holbrook (Pat) Updike, Red Oak, Iowa, and Bobbi (Scott) Poppa, Tarkio; step-grandsons, Joshua, Andrew and Cameron Kramer, Overland Park; 36 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.
A funeral service was held at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2019, at the First Baptist Church in Tarkio. Interment was held at Home Cemetery, Tarkio. Rev. Glenn Scott officiated. Memorials may be directed to the Tarkio Nutrition Center. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com.