Wanda Dark Allen met her Lord and Savior in Heaven on Thursday, March 17, 2022. A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, Shreveport, Louisiana. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the service will start at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Centuries Memorial Park, 8801 Mansfield Road, Shreveport, Louisiana. Officiating the services will be Dr. Chad Hardbarger, Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. A reception will follow the burial in the Gallery Room at East Ridge County Club, 1000 Stewart Dr., Shreveport, Louisiana.
Born on January 27, 1941 and raised in Jonesboro, Louisiana, she was the daughter of Joe and Etta Dark. Wanda attended Jonesboro-Hodge High School and graduated from Spencer Draughn Business College. Later, she attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport and became accredited in real estate. In 1957 she married Bobby Allen and they celebrated 64 years of marriage last August. She and Bobby loved fishing and the water and were fortunate enough to live the last 28 years on beautiful Cross Lake in Shreveport. Nonna spent hours sharing her love of fishing with each of her grandchildren, a passion of hers since childhood. She and Papaw entertained their friends, their children's friends and grandchildren at the lake. Their home was always open to all, young and old, from near and far, as well as extended family for reunions. She loved cooking and grilling, sharing many meals as everyone enjoyed a day of watersports, or as she called it, a "Lake Day." Wanda was a member of the Ladies of the Lake where she met and made many new friends. She was a long-time member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. In 1970, Wanda started working at Federal Construction Specialists and remained there for over 45 years, eventually becoming co-owner of the business while running an additional business, with her associate Marc Pittman, P & A Enterprises.
In addition to her incredible work ethic, Wanda was an excellent seamstress and for years, spent many evenings at her sewing machine, hand-making clothes for her family. But most of all, Wanda was known and loved for her extraordinary cooking skills, which she honed over time. Devoted to her family, she prepared a homecooked meal every evening after a long day's work. Her homemade peach ice cream was in high demand at church socials and weekend gatherings. She perfected round steak and rice and gravy, another frequent request, along with many other classic dishes, all included in a cookbook featuring her colorful array of recipes.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Loyce Shively and husband, Louie; her brother, Joe Dark, Jr; and son- in-law, Clyde Hargrove II. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Allen; four children, Ray Allen of Tyler, Texas, Lisa Hargrove of Shreveport, Jody Allen and wife, Kayla of Bullard, Texas, and Kayla Lescure and husband, Stéphane of Malibu, California; grandchildren, Luke Allen, Abby Allen, Lauren Etier and husband, Brian, Clyde Hargrove III and wife, Rebecca, Billy Hargrove and wife, Kelly, Mae O'Brien and husband, Whit, Lizzie Allen, Will Allen and fiancée, Laura Bassel, Jake Allen, Julien Lescure, Mia Lescure, Romy Lescure; 11 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Velma Dark of Jonesboro, Louisiana; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Honoring Nonna as pallbearers will be her grandsons and sons-in-law.
The family would like to thank Wanda's dear friends Cora Martin, Dr. Robert Hernandez and Margaret Shehee Cole for all their love and support through the years.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 5850 Buncombe Rd., Shreveport, Louisiana 71129, and the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home, 7200 Desiard St., Monroe, Louisiana 71203 or charity of the donor's choice.
For the family and friends who cannot be with us, we invite you to join ZOOM live stream on Tuesday, March 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. CDT. Click on the link below. https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86449543949?pwd=cXd3U3RWd2hQaFQzZnhhSFFScmQvUT09