Carmen Faye Allen, 74, a longtime Prosser resident, passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at Kadlec Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 22, 1932, in Wichita, Kan. to Clement Henry Rotha and Julia Helen (Kempton) Rotha. The family moved to Prosser in 1937, where Carmen was raised and graduated from Prosser High School.

While in high school, Carmen worked for JCPenney in Prosser. After graduating, she continued working there for a number of years until she was sent by the company to Pendleton, Ore., for management training. She commuted back and forth from Prosser to La Grande, Ore., where she was store manager until opening and managing the Sunnyside JCPenney store. She retired in 1993.

Carmen married Paul "Wes" Allen on March 14, 1997, in Yuma, Ariz. The couple enjoyed line dancing and traveling.

Carmen was an excellent woodcarver, especially of song birds and ducks. She also enjoyed interior decorating and quilting.

She is survived by her husband, Wes of Prosser; a sister-in-law, Betty Rotha of Spokane; three nieces, Cindy White of Moses Lake, Rosalyn Loosier of Chattaroy, Wash. and Marsha Leavitt of Warden; a cousin, Jim Lundy of Burden, Kan.; her stepchildren, Greg Allen of Portland, Ore.; her stepchildren, Greg Allen of Portland, Jeff Allen of Bremerton and Victor Allen of Federal Way; and six stepgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Murphey, whom she married on June 20, 1951, and who died on June 8, 1996; her brother, Clarence; and her parents, Clem and Helen Rotha.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Prosser, 824 Sixth Street.

Memorials in Carmen's name may be made to the charity of your choice. Prosser Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


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