Elder Margaret Meadows Allen

June 24, 2019

Elder Margaret Meadows Allen Obituary

Elder Margaret Meadows Allen of Hartford Connecticut, beloved wife of 34 years to Bro. Richard Allen, died peacefully on Monday, June 24, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born January 12, 1940 in Barnwell, South Carolina, Elder Allen was the 6th child of 8 children to the late Booker T. and Martha (Greatheart) Thompson. She has called Hartford, Connecticut home for 62 years.  

Growing up in a household where God was the head, and having a father as a church deacon and church clerk, the Thompsons believed serving in church as a family was one of their most important regimens. This family value was instilled in Elder Allen.  Elder Allen was a faithful member of Mount Olive Baptist Church Hartford, CT. until 1985.  Being led by God, she was a founding member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church Bloomfield, CT under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. William N. Nickerson.  On April 28, 1996, Elder Allen was the first licensed Minster at Gethsemane. She continued her service in the Lord and was ordained on April 25, 2004 under the leadership of Rev. Larry D. Couch. 

Elder Allen decided to go to school and received her LPN license from A.I. Prince Technical School in 1973.  She continued her education by completing several faith base educational programs.  Completing these programs were part of the stepping stones towards her ministry: First Baptist Church School of Evangelism in 1991;Biblical Studies at The Cume Center Urban Ministerial Program of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 1992; The First Cathedral School of Ministry in 2000; and receiving a certificate of Pastoral Counseling from Mt. Sinai Hospital in 2000. Elder Allen retired as an LPN and as a Plasma Spray Technician, from United Technologies inEast Hartford, CT in September 2000. 

Doing God’s work in serving others, Elder Allen had a passion incommunity outreach and volunteering.  Agencies she volunteered for over the years were; Salvation Army – AIDS and Grandparents Program, St. Francis Hospital – Sister Talk Program, Connecticut Primary Care Association, Quilts for Children with AIDS, Connecticut Area Health Education Center Program and Food Share.Besides doing the volunteered work at the previous mention programs, Elder Allen did her own community outreach by reaching out to individuals living with HIV or AIDS. She was also a member of The Red Hat Society, “The Elegant Ladies.”

Elder Allen was a dedicated member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church where she served in many ministries until the end. Under Pastor Ronald D. Holmes she served in various Ministries including President of The Young at Heart Ministry, Senior Minister of the Ministerial Staff, faithful member of the Leading LadiesMinistry, Sunday School Teacher, Mass Choir member, President of the Prison Ministry, and the coordinator of the G.M.B.C marquee message board. Elder Allen was the visionary of G.M.B.C.’s Annual “Word Tea, where various ministers from the Greater Hartford area preach sermons with words ending in “T”. This program was birthed in 2013 and has continued. 

Elder Allen was also awarded Gethsemane Woman of the Year in October 2000, and Member of the Year in May 2019.

In addition to, her loving husband Bro. Richard Allen, Elder Allen is survived by three daughters: Minister Millicent Meadows (HartfordCT), Tori (Anthony) Brown (Hartford CT), Nicole Allen (WindsorCT), four sons; Thomas Meadows (Hartford CT), Todd Meadows(Hartford CT), Tyrone (Sandra) Meadows (Windsor CT), and Maurice (Rabiah) Allen (Waterbury CT); Two sisters, Lena (Jerome) Moses (Severn MD) and Helen Hutchings (Bloomfield CT), brother-in-law Willie Keitt (Bloomfield CT), sister-in-law Hermine Thompson (Bloomfield CT), sixteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, god children, and two devoted friends, Pat Menefee (Hartford CT) and Doris Patterson (Hartford CT). Elder Allen was predeceased by her parents Booker T. and Martha (Greatheart) Thompson, son Marvell Meadows, sister Martha T. Keitt, brothers Lloyd and Silas Thompson, and brother-in-law Joseph Hutchings.

Elder Allen always said, “I’m going to die with my boots on,” and that she did by continuing to obey God’s commission until her assignment was finished. She always reminded people that, “We Are Our Brothers Keeper.” Elder Allen’s favorite scriptures were Psalm73:1-17 was and Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.

In the words of Elder Margaret Meadows Allen, she always believed, “No day is too short for her to serve. No night too long for her to go when called.”





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July 3, 2019

10:00 AM
Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 570 Tower Avenue Bloomfield CT.
570 Tower Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002

Funeral Service
July 3, 2019

11:00 PM
Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 570 Tower Avenue Bloomfield CT.
570 Tower Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002


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