Allen, Bernice


Bernice Allen

Services: Have been held.

Mrs. Bernice Allen, 88, of Portales died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis.

She was born on March 17, 1915, in Comanche, Texas, to Ellen and C.C. Westfall.

While she was in grade school, the family moved to Dexter. Then they moved to Portales where she attended junior high and graduated from Portales High School in 1933. She went on to earn a degree in education and taught school for 22 years. She taught ages from third grade through high school. She married Bob Allen in 1947 in Cheyenne, Wyo. She made her home in Santa Fe until 1972 when she moved to Farmington for a teaching position. After her retirement in 1980, she returned to Santa Fe where she lived until 2001 when she came to Portales to live with her sister. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Family members said she always enjoyed family gatherings at holidays, was an avid sports fan and especially liked to watch football.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Wayne, Alvie and Boss Westfall; two sisters, Vivian Terry and DeBee Coffman; and by her husband.

Survivors include two brothers, Archie Westfall of Albuquerque and Bob Westfall of Carlsbad; a sister, Echla Dufault of Tonto Basin, Ariz.; and a numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary and Barry Coffman and David Bennett will officiate the services.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.

Honorary pallbearers are Clint, Heather, Cassidy and Cody Coffman, Shrene and E.J. Sandquist, Karyn Pond, Terri Smith, Brenda Hayes, Robbie and Zandra Westfall, Sue Lancaster, Jeanie John and Donny Terry.

Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.


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