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Beverly Jo Allen
Beverly Jo Allen
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Beverly Jo Allen, 84, of Rochester, MN died June 21, 2022 at Mayo Clinic, St. Mary's Campus.

Beverly was born in Iola, Kansas to Kenneth and Katherine Smail on March 7, 1938. She grew up in Worthington, MN. Beverly attended South Dakota State College where she studied to be a pharmacist.

Beverly was married to Paul Allen on October 17, 1959. Beverly was a pharmacist at Mayo Clinic for 35 years. She loved her job. She was active in Eastern Star and quilting club. She loved quilting and has made many beautiful quilts.

Beverly is survived by her husband Paul, daughter Elizabeth (Keji) Ii, son Thomas (Debra) Allen, sister Marsha (Robert) Tofte, brother Thommas (Joyce) Smail, grand-daughters Ariana Allen (Brett Chatman) and Deanne (Aaron Engen), Great-grandchildren Jayden Celius and Emma Engen and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by Kenneth and Katherine Smail (parents), Patricia and Edward Burger (sister and brother-in-law).

A Celebration of Life will be held August 27, 2022 from 2:00-4:00 pm at Ranfranz and Vine Remembrance and Reception Centre, 5482 Royal PL NW, Rochester, MN 55901. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Allen family; to share a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com

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Aug
27
Saturday
Ranfranz & Vine Remembrance & Reception Centre
5482 Royal Pl NW
Rochester, MN 55901
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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M Mark H. Siska on Jul 31, 2022

The tribute I gave Bev upon her retirement: I first met Beverly in July of 1980 ---as a young new pharmacy resident I never imagined being her supervisor for nearly 13 years. When Bev finally decided to retire I could only imagine how difficult it was for her to finally make that decision. All that she has seen and worked through the past 35 years --practically every change one could imagine---from normal saline prepared meticulously in a sterile compounding area and dispensed from the pharmacy to a manufactured premade solution dispensed by materials management ---from medications dispensed in bulk bottles on the nursing unit to individually packaged medications dispensed in a cart to individually packaged medications dispensed in envelopes to individually packaged medications dispensed by automated dispensing devises—from working in the hospital basement answering questions only when asked --to prospective drug therapy monitoring and rounding with the patient care team. I don’t think Bev’s decision to retire was for her inability to take on yet another change –I believe Bev finally decided to step aside because it became clear she has done all she can and now it is time to pass the torch to those aspiring pharmacists as I once was and hope they have learned to maintain the integrity of the profession by her examples. As would any supervisor I would like to think I had something to do with Bev’s many successes, but I believe the contrary. Bev has taught me and has prepared me to carry the torch and all the lessons I have learned from her on how the patient is still the most important customer we serve. She has also helped me learn that there will be times when our individual pride or egos must be set aside to achieve this goal. For this Bev I say thank you.
In closing I leave with something that brings Bev’s retirement and years of service into perspective—while vacationing in South Dakota this past year I viewed on a mountain in nearby Hill City South Dakota a carving of Chief Crazy Horse –I listened to the founder and sculpturer who was determined to make the dream of this memorial come true---one of the sayings he frequently voiced goes like this “when the legends pass on—the dreams end –but when the dreams end there is no more greatness---I believe we must continue to live our professional dreams and continue the greatness that Bev contributed to health care for nearly 35 years—thank you Bev for caring--- God bless you and your family: be at peace there are no drug drug interactions in heaven.

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