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Alhambra resident Kazon LaZelma Allen, who was a teacher from 1963 to 1993 in the Los Angeles Unified School District, died July 30. She was born on June 5, 1936, in Shreveport, Louisiana, the first of six children born to David Britton Collins Sr. and Susie Mae Marshall-Collins.
In 1942, the family moved to Monrovia. Mrs. Allen graduated from Monrovia High School and then earned a dental hygienist degree from Pasadena City College. While practicing as a dental hygienist, she continued her education and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Cal State University, Los Angeles.
Mrs. Allen married Duane Allen in 1964. Born in Alhambra, Duane Allen starred as a wide receiver on the Alhambra Moors' 1955 league championship squad and was named to the All-CIF first team. He went into coaching after his playing days and helped the football and track programs at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra from the late 1960s through the early 1990s.
The couple had one son, Duane Jr. She was a serious mother, spending quality time with him and teaching him as much wisdom as she could at an early age. She was always interested in the lives of others and gave generously to inspire the next generation, especially through the giving of books. She delivered quiet, consistent, loving guidance that didn’t require acknowledgement.
Mrs. Allen leaves sisters Creola Collins and Susie Huston, son Duane Allen Jr., daughter-in-law Robin Allen, grandson Duane Allen III, granddaughter Savannah Allen, and a host of nephews and nieces, cousins, and beloved friends.
Services were held at First Baptist Church of Alhambra on Aug. 13.
The family wishes to express their grateful acknowledgement of the many kind and beautiful expressions of sympathy and love shown during their hour of bereavement. Their sincere thanks for everyone’s kindness is appreciated and will never be forgotten.