Joyce G. Allen, 86

September 08, 2022

Joyce Gill Allen, age 86, Lititz, PA passed away on September 8, 2022 at her residence. Born in Altoona, PA, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Anna (nee) Howe Gill. She grew up in Ambler, Pa and attended Beaver College, later graduating from Millersville with a Masters in History at age 50.

Joy was the wife of the late Robert Lewis Allen, Sr. They were married for 58 years, moving to Lancaster to open Lancaster Toyota in 1973, Lancaster Mazda in 1975 and Lancaster Nissan in 1990. They spent many happy times together at their vacation homes in Beach Haven, NJ, Naples, FL, Nantucket, MA, and most of all the Cotswolds area of England. Along with traveling, she loved to read, watch British telly, and most of all, enjoying time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Joy loved collecting doll houses and after Bob passed she started building homes for resale.

Joy is survived by her son, Robert L. Allen, Jr., husband of Tina; her grandchildren, Keara P Dagen (wife of Robert,) Brad Allen (husband of Renee), Morgan Allen, Jennifer Thomas (wife of Craig), and Thomas Shireman (husband of Michelle): and great grandchildren Diggory, Catherine, Piper, Ewan, Cullen and Charlie. Along with her parents and husband, Joy is preceded in death by their daughter Patricia Shireman.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 12:30pm-2:00pm at Snyder Funeral Home with a celebration of Joy’s life following at 2pm.

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September 25, 2022

Rob, Tina and family
May the great memories of Joy lessen the sadness. Memories are forever. 
Gary a n d April

September 25, 2022

Joy was such a blessing to know and the impact of her life has been very significant at the Water Street Mission as she had such a giving heart and keen interest in our work with youth.  She was a blessing!

September 24, 2022

We knew Joy as Gert our son in laws Grandma. She would always share beautiful comments about Tommy and Michelle. Her name Joy truely fit her.

September 16, 2022

Rob & Family we are saddened to hear of the loss of your mother.  Our condolences to you and the family. 
Rick & Marilyn

September 13, 2022

I was so sorry to learn of Joy’s passing. I have fond memories of her when we were in history classes together while working on our master’s degrees at Millersville. Joy was a lovely and kind lady. I was happy to reconnect with her for a conversation at my brother’s funeral. Rest in peace, dear Joy.
Brenda Green Smoker

September 13, 2022

I loved seeing Joyce everytime she would come to our office to get her teeth cleaned. I will miss her! Sorry for your loss Rob and the Allen family. Sincerley, Cathy

September 11, 2022

Rob and family. My condolences on the passing of your Mother. Rich Keister

September 10, 2022

So sorry to hear of the passing of our Queen,  I  liked her very much and how she treated me; not like someone less then herself.  She will be missed by many. 

September 10, 2022

Joy leaves a big hole in our hearts. She was quick witted, sensible, and had a loving heart.  Most of all, she was a dear, dear friend.  

September 10, 2022

It was a privilege & great joy to have the opportunity to get to know Joy. I was honored when she told me she considered me a trusted friend. Her compassion & generosity were amazing. I will treasure my memories of our times together. What a wonderful & very special lady!
John Boyer

September 09, 2022

So sad to hear, she was great person, loved people!  Many fond memories with her and Bob!

September 09, 2022

We are saddened to hear of the passing of a lovely lady. We will miss visiting her and hearing her stories of England. 
May your happy memories give the Allen family comfort during this challenging time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. 
All our love, 
Louise & Addam 

Sunday, September 25, 2022
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Lititz, PA 17543
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