BLUE SPRINGS • Former long-time Blue Springs alderwoman Shirley Ann Allen, 79, who died Thursday, July 15 at her home, contributed a great deal to the town, Mayor Rita Ann Gentry said late last week.

Her funeral was Sunday, and the flag over Town Hall flies at half-staff in her honor.

Allen’s obituary is on page 13A of this issue.

She opted not to seek reelection earlier this year, capping a career that spanned 25 years, Mayor Gentry recalled last week.

“She contributed a great deal to the town. She had a big heart and a giving nature. She’ll be best remembered for the devotion she showed to the job. She was always ‘hands-on’; always the first to come and the last to leave. She was full service, all the time,” Gentry said.

“She’ll also be remembered for the efforts she put in during town elections. There are often problems finding enough people to man those elections. She would always volunteer to work, to do whatever needed to be done,” the mayor said.

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