SHAMOKIN — Judith A. Allen, 75, of 20 N. Coal St., passed away at her home Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, after a yearlong battle with cancer. She fought a good fight with the support of many family and friends.

Judy was born in Shamokin, Jan. 18, 1947, to the late Richard O. and Betty M. (Grow) Milbrand.

Judy was a 1964 graduate of Shamokin High School. She was also proud of being Shamokin Centennial Queen first runner-up that same year.

On June 3, 1967, in St. John’s Reformed Church, in Shamokin, she married William T. Allen, who survives.

Judy worked for Shamokin State General Hospital for 28 years. She started working at the hospital at age 17 and ended her tenure there as director of medical records. She finished out her 40-year career at SCI-Graterford, near Philadelphia, also as the director of medical records.

Judy enjoyed being involved in cleaning up the City of Shamokin and volunteering for city projects. Her biggest passion though, was the love for her daughter and grandson. Judy told everyone how proud she was, and how much she loved, her daughter and grandson. She loved watching her grandson play football and could not wait to watch him graduate from high school, go to college and play football. She said her daughter was her greatest accomplishment and her grandson her greatest gift.

She was a wonderful mom, “grammy,” mentor and guiding light to many people. She was a wonderful caregiver to her family (especially her mother) and friends. She also had a love of animals and always took in and cared for stray cats. Judy had the most beautiful smile and will be missed dearly by many.

Judy is survived by her husband, Bill, of Shamokin, a daughter, Natalie (Allen) Hess and her husband, Marty, and her grandson, Will, of Pittsburgh; her brother, Robert E. Milbrand and his wife, Sandra, of Mifflinburg, a nephew, Robert E. Milbrand II and his wife, Celeste, of Cleveland, Mississippi; a niece, Steena Milbrand, of Shamokin; and a nephew, Chet Johns, of Shamokin. Judy also has many great nieces and great nephews whom she loved very much, as well as an uncle, Charles Milbrand and his wife, Dee; many beloved cousins; many other nieces and nephews; many close friends, including Jennifer and Erik Seidel; and, of course, her cats, which she adored.

ALLEN — Judith A. Allen, of 20 N. Coal St., Shamokin. A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday at the James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township. Interment will follow the service at Northumberland Memorial Park, Sunbury. To share a memory or offer the Allen family condolences, sign the guest book As an expression of sympathy, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Mostly Mutts Animal Shelter, 284 Little Mountain Road, Sunbury 17801, or

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