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Joan Benoit Allen

June 6, 1924 - November 15, 2016

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Joan Benoit Allen

Joan Benoit Allen, 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 15, 2016 at Grace Assisted Living in Boise, Idaho with her children at her side.

Joan began her life on June 6, 1924 in Twin Falls, Idaho, the third of four children born to Harry Benoit Sr. and Lesley Williams Benoit. She was a life-long resident of Twin Falls and very proud that both the Benoit and Williams families were true pioneers of the area. Her mother Lesley and her grandmother arrived in Twin Falls in 1904 when the...

Joan Benoit Allen

Joan Benoit Allen, 92, passed away peacefully on Tuesday November 15, 2016 at Grace Assisted Living in Boise, Idaho with her children at her side.

Joan began her life on June 6, 1924 in Twin Falls, Idaho, the third of four children born to Harry Benoit Sr. and Lesley Williams Benoit. She was a life-long resident of Twin Falls and very proud that both the Benoit and Williams families were true pioneers of the area. Her mother Lesley and her grandmother arrived in Twin Falls in 1904 when the town started.

With her three brothers, Joan attended St. Edward's Catholic School and Twin Falls High School, graduating in 1942. She attended the University of Idaho where she was affiliated with Gamma Phi Beta sorority and Phi Chi Theta business sorority. Following her graduation from the U of I in 1946, Joan worked as a receptionist and aide to Idaho Governor C.A. Robins at the statehouse in Boise. In September 1947, she returned to Twin Falls to marry her high school sweetheart Howard Allen. Together they raised three children, daughters Judy and Laurie, and son Tom.

Joan supported Howard and took great pride in the family business, Sterling Jewelry Company, which was started by the Allen family in the early years of Twin Falls. A long-time and successful fixture in the Twin Falls community, the jewelry and gift store was operated by Howard and his brother Charles for over 40 years. Joan was at Howard's side throughout and worked in the store during many busy holiday seasons. In the early 1970s, Joan managed the Twin Falls area office for Idaho's 2nd District U.S. Congressman Orval Hansen. During this time, she made many new friends and appreciated the value of helping Idaho constituents through public service.

Joan was a devout life-long member of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Twin Falls, and she was engaged in her children's education serving in PTA positions at both St. Edward's Catholic School and Twin Falls High School. She was also active for 70 years in P.E.O. Chapter AI where she served as a Past President.

Joan was fortunate to have countless important friendships that remained throughout her life. Her greatest legacy is her loving and ever-growing family. As a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, each and every family member was special to her and she cared for and loved them dearly.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents Lesley and Harry Benoit Sr.; her husband Howard Allen; two brothers Edward Benoit and Jack Benoit; and a dear cousin she loved as a brother, Charles McPhee. She is survived by her brother Harry Benoit, Jr. of Silver Spring, Maryland; her three children Judy (Jerry) Witt of Boise, Laurie (Jeff) Jones of Idaho Falls, and Tom (Ellen) Allen of Boise. Seven grandchildren survive Joan - Aimee Jones of Shelley, Idaho, Jeff (Natalie) Jones, Brian Witt, Kevin Witt, Jesse (Becca) Allen, Lesley (Alex) Krone, and Kasey Allen all of Boise. She is also survived by five great-granddaughters - Allyson (Josh) Flint, Lyndsey Hadley, Avery Allen, Kenzie Allen, and Audrey Krone; and four great-grandsons - Brandon Hadley, Easton Allen, Liam Jones, and Ethan Jones. Joan was also happy to learn that nine great-grandchildren will become eleven with the arrival of two great-granddaughters in early 2017.

Joan's family is grateful for everyone who knew her and remembers her as an extraordinary sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She lived a long and blessed life, and we are thankful for all the people who touched her life along the way and who, in turn, were touched by her. This includes the staff and caregivers at Grace Assisted Living who welcomed her into their community in late 2015 when she moved to Boise to be close to family. We also greatly appreciate the wonderful care and compassion provided by her St. Luke's Hospice team during her final weeks.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2016 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 161 6th Ave. East in Twin Falls, Idaho with Fr. Mike St. Marie celebrating. Private family inurnment will take place at the Twin Falls Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.

The family suggests memorials be sent to St. Edward's Catholic School (139 6th Ave. East, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301), the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship (P.E.O. Executive Office, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2899), or a charity of the donor's choice.

Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.