January 31, 1943 ~ August 14, 2019

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Louise Ingle Allen, 76, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Givens Estates Health Center, in Asheville.

Louise’s first name was Elsie, but she joked that she didn’t like the name because of “Elsie the Cow,” a logo created by the Borden Dairy Company in her childhood. A native of Asheville, she was born on January 31, 1943, to the late Edna Williams and Joe Donald Ingle. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sydney Louise Allen, and sisters, Donna Ingle Edwards and Vicky Ingle Kisselburg.

Louise, formerly married to Zack Clark Allen, III, is survived by her daughter, Sarah Addison Allen, of Asheville; brother, Bill Ingle (Vicki), of Fairview; granddaughters, Savannah Jolie and Hanna Joy; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was a 1961 graduate of James A. Gray High School, in Winston-Salem. Just out of school, she worked in textile research at American Enka. Louise then studied early childhood development and worked as a kindergarten educator at Aycock Elementary School, in West Asheville. In the 1970’s, she ran a shop on Wall Street, in downtown Asheville, called Southern Highland Crafts. Through the shop, she learned the old Appalachian art of cornhusk doll-making from the renowned Mae Ritchie Deschamps. Louise ended her working career at the U.S. Postal Service, where she was a popular rural letter carrier and steward for the West Asheville Post Office for almost 25 years.

Funny, kind, generous, unique and never without her signature nose ring, Louise enjoyed traveling, cooking, shopping, antiques and all things art-related. She had an unconditional love for her children, a compassion for animals, and a strong determination to overcome the many illnesses she faced in life. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

A memorial service celebrating the life of the beautiful Louise will be held at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. She will later be inurned at Green Hills Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, PO Box 8195, Asheville, NC 28803.


Memorial Service: August 18, 2019 1:30 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. A beautiful and vibrant lady.. Always there for anyone and of course
    there for animals.. Louise you will be missed by lots..But never forgotten..
    Love you

  2. I will always fondly remember laying in the sun with you & the wonderful bread you would make & the whole neighborhood smelled so wonderful. when we lived in the garage apt next door. You were always young at heart & everyone that knew you will miss you! Prayers & hugs to your family for peace at this very hard time.

  3. I turned 55 on February 12, 2019 … When I was about 12 ~ 13… I had a HUGE Crush on Louise !!!! <3 But Then I Realized that She was a Grown up Version of the Lady that Sydney would Become !! <3 <3 So Very Sorry for Your Losses !!!

  4. Louise gave me the most wonderful book when one of my cats died. It was totally a Louise kinda thing to do. I have one of her corn husk dolls which I cherish. She was one of a kind, a true Southern “character”. I always looked forward to seeing what she would wear. Working at the GMF was a great experience. My sincere condolences on your loss.

  5. Mrs Allen was a lovey lady love to go in there makeing her smile in the morning when I’m at work she well be miss love Mr a allen


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