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Sandra K. "Sandy" Allen
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    Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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“Tim, I'm so incredibly sorry to hear about Sandy. My memories of of you both are of two of the most positive, and compatible people I've ever had...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Tim Smith - Palm Harbor, FL

“Tim & family, we were sadden to hear of Sandy's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Larry & Stephanie Moats - MI

“Your going to be dearly missedPrays go out for your family ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Brenda Saylor - Battle creek, MI

“She was a great friend and a great roll model for me. If someone made her mad you would only hear it in her voice and she would have a smile with...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Charlotte Serbantez - MI - Friend

“Sandynot only taught us how to live, but she taught ALL of us how to die. I never saw her without a smile on her face; never heard a word of...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Jim Sparks - Battle Creek, MI

“Sandy was a loving and friendly person. She will be missed. I thank god I knew her as a friend at our church. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Paula McCrimmon - Battle Creek, MI

“Tim, FerFer and TJ, Thank you so much for first for letting me become so close to you all, what an honor it's been. My heart breaks for you. Sandy...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Traci Mauchmar - Bellevue, MI

“Sandy's departure, while anticipated, still evokes profound sadness to those who knew her. The good news is that God had joyfully enrolled her in his...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Greg and Susan Purchase - MI

“Tim, Jennifer, and TD,I can't tell you the sadness Bob and I felt with news of Sandy's passing. She was a blessing in our lives. We will remember her...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Barb Long - Augusta, MI - Friend

“Please accept my sincerest condolences. T.J. and my daughter Jenna were in band together.I had the honor of serving with Sandy as a PHS band camp...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Price - MESA, AZ - Friend

“Tim, I am so very sorry for Sandy's battle with ALS and your loss. I have such fond memories of both of you. You were the best couple I ever knew at...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Kelly Delaney-Klinger - WI

“I am so sorry for you, Tim, and Sandy's family and friends. What a fight she fought with you, her amazing husband, beside her. Thoughts and prayers...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sue Rosko

“Very sorry to hear of Sandy's battle with ALS and of her passing. Knew her from PHS band and North Ave Children's Center. Always had a smile on her...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Cyndi Minear - Battle Creek, MI

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Sandra K. "Sandy" Allen, age 50, of Battle Creek went to be with her Lord on Friday evening, June 30, 2017 with her family by her side after a three year courageous battle with ALS. Sandy was born in Battle Creek on August 23, 1966, the youngest of four children born to James and Ellen (Bender) McDermid. She was a 1984 graduate of Pennfield High School and continued her education at Kellogg Community College and Spring Arbor University, receiving two Associate Degrees.

Sandy started her career working at the family farm, McDermid's Apple Orchard. She also worked in the accounting department at Kellogg's, as a teacher at the Battle Creek Christian School Daycare and Harper Creek Kids Center, and as the director at the North Avenue Children's Center.

Sandy enjoyed singing and was in several performances of "Make We Merry" with her Dad as part of the Battle Creek Community Chorus. She loved being a member of North Avenue Church of God where she was part of the praise team. Sandy went on numerous mission trips and enjoyed being part of all activities within the church. She also enjoyed reading, traveling, walking and going to baseball games.

Sandy married the "Love of Her Life", Timothy C. "Tim" Allen on August 19, 1988; he survives. She is also survived by her children, Jennifer Allen and TJ Allen; her mom, Ellen McDermid; her brother, Marc (Calvin Russell) McDermid; her sister, Paula (Robert) Liechty; her nephew, Joshua Liechty; mother-in-law, Jackie Allen; brother-in-law, Russ Allen; niece, Chelsea Allen, and great-nephew, Milo. Sandy was preceded in death by her dad, James McDermid; her sister, Linda McDermid-Brock; her brother-in-law, Lee Brock; her father-in-law, Frank Allen, and several aunts, uncles & cousins.

The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek and from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 7, 2017 at the North Avenue Church of God, 1079 North Ave., Battle Creek where a Celebration of Sandy's Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the ALS Association of Michigan. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Sandy may be placed at