Janet Lynn Allen

Janet Lynn Martin Allen passed away in the early morning of January 15, 2021.  She was surrounded by her loving family.    

She was born at Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas on July 29, 1950 and was the oldest of four siblings.  From her early childhood, she had a strong personality and directed the neighbor children in musicals and plays.  She was an excellent student and attended Welborn Elementary, West Jr. High and Wyandotte High School.  

Following High School, Janet attended Kansas State University where she obtained her Undergraduate degree in Education.  She began her lifetime commitment to civil rights and feminism in college.  She was very proud to have earned her Masters degree from Emporia State University despite juggling her responsibilities as a single mother to her two girls.  

Throughout her long teaching career, Janet loved each individual student she had and took pride in the love of learning. She spent over three decades in the Olathe Public School District.  The last half, she blended her love of international cultures and her love of teaching when she shifted to the English as a Second Language program.  It brought her joy to assist newly arrived immigrants to learn English and gain confidence in their new homes. 

Janet loved all things fine arts and politics.  She enjoyed singing with the choir for several decades at Grace United Methodist Church.  She frequented local theaters and held season tickets to the Lyric Opera, Broadway series at the Kaufman, and the New Dinner Theater.   A perfect day for Janet would be lunch and art gazing at the Nelson Atkins Museum.  She was a part of several groups focusing on politics.  Her passion for women’s equality and justice for the oppressed never waned throughout her life.  

Above all, Janet loved spending time with family.  She rarely missed an activity her grandchildren were in and took pride in being a part of her adult childrens’ lives.  She is survived by her daughters Jessica Piedra and Alexis (David) Sanchez; grandchildren Jahleel Allen, Raquel Piedra and Bella, Tres, Charlotte and Liam Sanchez; and siblings Joe (Nancy) Martin, Laurie (Brian) Waters and Lee (Scott) Hydeman.  She was preceded in death by her parents Wilma and Charles Martin. 

Memorial Service

A private service will be held for the family at Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 23rd, 2021. Per Janet’s request, the family looks forward to a celebration of life at a later date, when a larger gathering of her friends and family can be accommodated. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations be made to: 

  • Center of Grace- https://centerofgrace.center/

The Center of Grace was started in 1999 as the Mission Outreach campus of Grace United Methodist Church. We had a vision then of a community building that brought together the most vulnerable and those with a desire to make a difference. Nearly 20 years later, the Center has become all that we dreamed of and more.

  • Bienvenido Fund  http://bit.ly/BienvenidoCBN

The Bienvenido Fund will provide aid to immigrants for the rising fees for asylum, DACA, permanent residency, citizenship, adjustment of status and biometrics and will help with costs of biometrics and psychological evaluations.   

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10 Comments on “Janet Lynn Allen”

  1. Dixie & Bob Waters Says:

    Our sincere heartfelt condolences. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through Jan’s passing. She is now healed in heaven -her mansion was ready. In Christian Love. Dixie & Bob

  2. Bob & Misty Guyer Says:

    Our heart felt condolences to all of Jan’s family friends. Continued prayers for all as you go though this extremely sad time.

  3. Tom & Marylyn Owens Says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. These are difficult times and know we are praying the Lord’s healing for your hurting hearts. May He bless you and keep you in His Loving Care.

  4. Steve and Paula Mallon Says:

    Your mother lived a very giving life and I’m sure she will be missed greatly. Prayers are with your whole family. She is with God and will always be in your hearts.

  5. Barb Kussmann Says:

    Our heartfelt sympathies are sent to your families. We are so sorry for your loss. We will pray for comfort and peace for all of Janet’s many family and friends. She lived a courageous life and acted upon her values in life. Hers was a life well lived and may you find comfort in this.

  6. Christina Barber Nick Says:

    Prayers, warm thoughts and love to Jan’s family and friends. I have great memories of my visits with her at Wyandotte’s 50th reunion and visiting West (Junior) Middle School before it was closed. Stay safe and healthy!

  7. Carol Proctor Stewart Says:

    I met Janet at William Allen White grade school I remember her singing voice. I really remember a Jr. High district wide concert she was so nervous and she grabbed my hand as we walked up the stairs to Wyandotte’s auditorium. Of course she gave a wonderful spotlight performance . I saw her last at West Jr High goodbye tour. My best to her family.

  8. Ruth Henderson Says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Our K-State connection and teaching brought us together many times. She’ll be missed!

  9. Mike and Tara (Thompson)Crotchett Says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jan was a wonderful women with a big heart. She was a pillar of the choir who sang in the soprano section from the time I was a small child. She will ne greatly missed.. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    The Crotchett’s

  10. Debbie Schultz Says:

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I met her through Grace Church and we had a group of 4 ladies that loved getting together monthly for a meal and politics as we all had similar interests. With cold weather, we had been doing zoom meetings,with the last one in December and plans to zoom after January 20. It has been a support group for all of us and she will be so missed. The obituary was lovely and she would have loved it too. Prayers for her and your family.

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