Our sweet mother Joanne Holland McLelland Allen was called home to her Heavenly Father.

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Our beautiful, sweet mother will be missed dearly by all her family and friends. She showed us what unwavering faith looks like, how a testimony of our Savior can get you through any hardship and how the beauty of God's creations is found everywhere.

She taught us to pray and to pray often. She taught us that Heavenly Father is always near; he listens and answers prayers. She cried with us, laughed with us and made us all feel so special.

She taught us the most important things in life were not "things" but family and loved ones. We all are going to miss all her love, her phone calls, reading books, watching period dramas and talking about life and what needs to be done to make it better.

She was a go getter, there was never any obstacles she wouldn't overcome. She knew her time was drawing near, we had the most incredible year filled with the most amazing memories. From visiting a granddaughter in Hawaii to showing up to her High School reunion picnic riding a motorcycle, to cheering on her grandson at high school football games, she didn't miss a beat.

We love you so much sweet momma!!!

You are the best mother we will forever be so grateful for your love.

Joanne age 80, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 9, 2022, in Eden, Utah. She was born July 17, 1941 in Salt Lake City to Robert and Margaret McLelland. Joanne was like a second mother to her younger siblings, they talk fondly of how she would care for them.

She attended Granite High School where she loved participating in plays, clubs, and choir. She married her high school sweetheart Larry E. Allen in 1960 in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they were blessed with 9 Children.

Joanne was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served diligently in many callings throughout her life. She had a lifelong love of genealogy, family history and spent countless hours researching and doing temple work. She loved helping people find their ancestors and preserving the past for those who are yet to come. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, loved sewing, reading, caring for her children, gardening, and listening to music.

She is survived by Jeffrey & Andrea Allen, AnnJanel Allen & Rodney Toy, Todd Allen & Traci Dickerson, Larisa & Mark Harris, Scott Allen & Melissa Johnson, Julianne & Phil Bennett. She is preceded in death by sons David, Russell, Michael and husband Larry. Joanne has 23 Grand children and 7 Great Grand Children

Viewing: Wednesday March 16, 2022 6-8pm

Anderson & Son Mortuary

49 E 100 N, American Fork, UT 84003

Funeral: Thursday March 17, 11am

Heatheridge Ward Building

620 N Heather Rd, Orem, UT 84097

(viewing prior to service at 10 am)

Graveside Service: 1pm

American Fork Cemetery

26 W 600 N, American Fork, UT 84003


  • Survived By
  • Jeffery L. Allen, Son
  • AnnJanel Allen, Daughter
  • Todd L. Allen, Son
  • Larisa J Harris, Daughter
  • Scott L. Allen, Son
  • Julianne A Bennett, Daughter
  • Preceded in Death By
  • Larry E. Allen, Husband
  • David L. Allen, Son
  • Russell L. Allen, Son
  • Michael L. Allen, Son

Life Story Info


Julianne and Larisa

Post Date

Mar 11, 2022

Personal Info


Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


Eden, Utah, United States




  • High School
    Granite High
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I'll always remember going to aunt Joanne's house for combined cousin birthday party's. We always had a blast jumping on the trampoline and having great food. And I'll always remember her hugs aunt Joanne and aunt Ginger always gave such great hugs. I'll miss her so much, but I know she's happy having a family reunion in heaven.

Spencer Holland , Saint George , UT, US Mar 22, 2022

Aunt joanne loved everyone and always showed her love..

John & Sheryl vandervort , Tenino , WA, US Mar 17, 2022


Gisele Duciaume , Devils lake, ND, US Mar 14, 2022