Mrs. Allen, who reached 97 years of age, peacefully passed away at her residence after a long illness. She is the widow of the late George C. Allen and a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
Viewing is Thursday, November 21st from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Mortuary. Funeral Service is Friday, November 22nd at 1:00 PM at "Memory Chapel" at the Mortuary. Burial will immediately follow service at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
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Anna Lou Morrow, affectionately called “Baby Lou”, was born on April 27, 1916 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She was the fifth of eight children born to Ella and Louis Morrow. Her parents and all of her siblings preceded her in death. Anna Lou accepted Christ at the age of nine and was baptized by Reverend Ben Howard of Louisiana.
In 1945, Anna Lou met and married the love of her life, George Curtis Allen. After fifty-six years of marriage, George was called home to glory. Her beloved adopted son, Gerald Pinkney also preceded her in death.
In 1945, Anna Lou united with the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. C. Johnson and continued under the Dr. J. Linzie Whitmill. Anna Lou served faithfully and was consistent in her church attendance until her health began to fail. Even when she was unable to attend her church, she would send her offering and contribution to support various programs of the church.
She served on Usher Board #2, the Senior Mission, sang in the Relief Chorus, attended Sunday School Class #4 and served in the Nurses Unit for many years. She also served in the Progressive District, California Missionary State Convention and attended the Baptist Training Union. Scripture and prayer was a part of her daily routine. She expressed her gratitude to God for her health and strength.
Anna Lou loved to dress and look good. She felt a lady was not dressed up until she had a hat on. Anna Lou encouraged young women to wear hats to church. She was gifted with the art of sewing and loved to shop for patterns and fabrics to make her many, beautiful outfits.
She loved to tell stories from her past. She shared her wisdom and wealth of life experiences whenever an opportunity presented itself. She was very proud of her age and didn’t hesitate to tell everyone how old she was.
Anna Lou enjoyed expressing her opinion and giving advice about any and everything, from the goodness of God to marriage and sex. Anna Lou loved God, her husband, her church and all people. She was a joy, full of life and giving.
On Saturday, November 16, 2013, Anna Lou Allen was called from earthly labor to eternal rest. She leaves to celebrate her life and cherish her memory her niece and adopted daughter, Mamie Morrow of Natchitoches, LA; nieces, Iona Pinkney of Los Angeles, CA, Hattie Louise Jones (Tracy) of Louisiana and Helene Harris of Los Angeles, CA; grandsons, Jamall Pinkney and Gerald Bowers both of Los Angeles, CA; great nieces, Ella Morrow of Natchitoches, LA and Martha Fletcher of Houston, TX; adopted brother, Lawrence C. Hearn, Sr. of San Diego, CA; adopted sister, Ocella Roberts of San Diego, CA; godchildren, Tiffany V. Holt (Elwood Leo) of Arizona and Elezo Cooper, Jr. and Terri Wright both of San Diego, CA; cousins, Sheila Cooper and Ora Lee Love both of San of Diego, CA; adopted daughters, Carolyn McFarland, Gladys Wright (Laron), Roslyn Nealy (Cedric), Nancy Cooper (Elezo Sr.) and Pearlie Gadson (Vernon) all of San Diego, CA; adopted grandchildren, Jeanette Moore and Felicia Moore both of Natchitoches, LA, Delilah Wesley (Brian) of Michigan and Jimmy Moore of Reno, NV; adopted nephew, Rodney Cashaw of San Diego, CA and a host of other relatives, special friends, extended family, church family, neighbors and friends.