URBANA – Emily Jane Allen, 86, of Urbana passed away at 12:40 p.m. Monday (Dec. 31, 2012) at the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana.
Mrs. Allen was born May 18, 1926, in East Peoria to parents Ernest and Mildred (Coon) Downey and was adopted, with her brother, by Kenneth and Frances Yates as a toddler.
She married Allyn B. Allen on Sept. 1, 1947, in Washington, Ill.; he preceded her in death on June 10, 2001.
Survivors include a son, Steve Allen (Susan) of Harrison, Ark.; daughters, Carolyn Allen of Urbana, Cathy Simon of Champaign, Nancy Beasley (Jim) of Champaign and Lisa Davis (Dan) of Mahomet; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Emily was preceded in death by her parents, adoptive parents and one brother, Ernest "Jack" Downey.
Mrs. Allen worked as a registered nurse for various Central Illinois hospitals and nursing homes for more than 50 years.
She was also a member of both the First Presbyterian Church of Champaign and Shelbyville. Aside from spending time with her family, Emily enjoyed crafts and watching sports.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Champaign County Nursing Home Auxiliary.
Condolences may be offered online at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com.