Shirley laNell “Nell” Allen

Shirley laNell “Nell” Allen was born in Loraine, Texas in 1949. She grew up in west Texas. Her parents were Ralph Edell and Leona Pearl Parker. She grew up with five siblings; Gene, Duwayne, Bub, Dorothy and Norma. She spent summers in Rosco, Texas at her Granny and Grandads. They later moved to Arlington where she went to school.

She married and had two children, Wes and Cheryl. She later remarried the love of her life Buddy Allen, and proudly added two more daughters, Lisa and Blinda.

They lived in Mansfield, where they built a very successful masonry business. She worked as a waitress for many years and later worked hard with Buddy on the masonry company. They were successful enough that they retired from the company and moved on to Colorado once their kids were older.

Nell and Buddy opened a cafe and motel that, too, was a huge success. They were particularly good at buying and remodeling homes and businesses.

Some claims to fame are The Brown Burro Cafe and the Hand Hotel in Fairplay, Colo.

After almost 20 years in Colorado and meeting many friends there that became family, they moved on to Mesquite, Nev., Parsons, Kan. and then came full circle back to Texas to reunite permanently with family. Nell has four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Nell found a new love in painting in Mineola, Texas, where she joined the Mineola League of Arts and won some nice ribbons. She loved her family very much and especially her grandbabies.

After a long battle with COVID she passed peacefully in hospice on Feb. 10, 2021 where family was able to be with her.

A celebration of Nell’s life will be held once it’s safe to gather. Please pray for peace for her family.