Obituary: Maxine Carolyn Allen

August 5,1937 – September 12, 2020

Maxine Carolyn Allen (née Booher), 83, of Bloomington, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at Garden Villa Nursing Home in Bedford surrounded by her family.


Maxine was born in Cumberland County, Kentucky, on August 5, 1937, as the daughter of James Edward and Ovie Della (Davidson) Booher.

Maxine grew up on a tobacco farm where her parents were sharecroppers. She married Edward Melton and worked at a sewing factory in Albany, Kentucky. Maxine and Edward had two daughters, Becky and Linda, and later moved to Guthrie, Indiana.


Maxine and Edward divorced, and Maxine later married Larry Allen Sr. on April 6, 1980.

Prior to Larry’s death in 1983, Larry and Maxine had one son. Maxine began working at Indiana University in foodservice and moved to Bloomington. She went on to work at Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at IU. Maxine always took pride in her work, and she loved the girls at ZTA. Maxine spent years volunteering in Boy Scouts and attended Eastview Church of the Nazarene in Bloomington. Above all, she had an indefatigable love of her family.


Maxine is survived by her three children Rebecca (Greg) Eads, Linda (Marvin) Roll, and Larry (Jen Pearl) Allen Jr.; four grandchildren: Sheila (Travis) Terrell, Daniel (Brittany) Roll, Brandon (Amanda) Eads, Kara (Nick) Brummett; and her great-grandchildren: Dalton, Dylon, Gage, Gracelyn, Griffin, Shockey, Braxton, Kenadee, and J.R.

She is also survived by three siblings: Imogene Fletcher of Burkesville, KY; Randa Hughes of Louisville, KY, and Joe Booher of Albany, KY.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Billy Gene and Sam Ed Booher, and her sisters Suretha Booher and Monzell Booher Hill.


Visitation will be at Crossroads Community Church in Bedford from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15.

Maxine’s funeral will be Wednesday, September 16 at 1:00 p.m. at Crossroads Church, and burial will follow at Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca, Indiana.

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