HIGHGATE — Funeral services for Lena Mae McAllister, 61, who died Sept. 27 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with her loving family at her side will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Enosburg Falls High School Auditorium, Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. Rev. Kerry Camron will officiate. Interment will follow in the East Highgate Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 4 from 6-9 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
She was born in Windsor on Dec. 24, 1951, the daughter of Elsie (Tewksbury) Johnson and the late Howard Johnson.
Lena graduated from Windsor High School class of 1969. She attended Castleton State College, after graduating from flight attendant school, and received her Bachelor’s degree in 1973.
Lena also earned her Master’s degree from the University of Vermont later in her career.
She married Norm McAllister in May of 1971 and they moved their family to Highgate in 1975. She began working as a substitute teacher in Franklin County schools until she took a full time job at Enosburg Falls Elementary School. Lena was a first grade teacher in Enosburg for over 35 years; taught two generations and received several awards including a Vermont Outstanding Teacher nomination.
When Lena wasn’t working at school she was working on the family farm or at her own business, Clark’s House of Flowers. Working in the greenhouse allowed her to express her artistic side with flowers. She also loved arts and crafts, “painting class” at Joanie’s, traveling, cooking and most importantly being a wife, mother and grandmother to her family.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Norm McAllister of Highgate; three children, Norman Jr. “Pete” McAllister and his wife Beth of Ferrisburgh, Heath McAllister and his wife Lora of Swanton and Tara Rice and her husband Charles Jr. of Sheldon; six grandchildren, Clarinda, Faith, Peyton, Lillian, Clayton and Kaitlyn; her mother, Elsie Johnson of Weathersfield; her three siblings, Mary Lawlor and her husband Dick of Maryland, Edward Johnson and John Johnson and his wife Diane, all of Weathersfield; a brother-in-law, Don Wenz of Grantham, N.H., and several nieces and nephews.
Lena was predeceased by her father, Howard Johnson and her sister, Bonnie Wenz.
Private messages of condolence may be sent to Lena’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.
This obituary first appeared in the October 3, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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