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
Rochester, MN 55901
No one was more generous with kind words of encouragement to pharmacy newcomers than Bev. Her stories were varied and deep and she was a trailblazer for women in our field. I'm so very thankful for her voice among the male masses at the beginning of my career. We commonly referred to the "Bev-isms" and knew we would be held accountable if we spoke before thoroughly reviewing our information. Bev cared for the whole person. She wanted to know what made people tick and was always interested in hearing more about our lives outside of our job. I've tried to model myself after her and the generosity she showed me. God speed, Bev. You will be remembered!