Sylvia Waddoups Allen, 87

Sylvia Waddoups Allen, 87, of Idaho Falls, passed away Aug. 2, 2011, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center of congenital heart failure.
Sylvia was born Jan. 8, 1924, in Paulto Edmond Earl Waddoups and Minerva Ireta Skinner Waddoups.
Sylvia married George Allen Aug. 31, 1943, in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Their marriage was solemnized on Jan. 17, 1946, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They made their home in Blackfoot, where she worked as a griddle cook at the INEL.
George preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1987. Sylvia then moved to Idaho Falls in 1997. Her family affectionately called her “Silver.” Sylvia’s talents and hobbies included crocheted baby dresses for granddaughters and baby quilts for all new babies in the family.
As an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she graduated from the seminary program during high school. She served in various positions, including Cub Scout leader, Primary teacher, visiting teacher, stake missionary, and in the genealogical extraction program.
Survivors include sons Burleigh Ronald (Peggy) Allen of Boise and Neil (Eja) Allen of Idaho Falls, daughters Janet (Tim) Willardson of Logan, Utah; and Sandra (John) Braun of Island Park; 25 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; sister Glenna Waddoups Allen and sisters-in-law Wanda Waddoups and Darlene Waddoups.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers Oran and Billie; and sisters Earline Wilde, Melba Armstrong, Merle and Marion Waddoups.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Lee, Dr. Roisum, and the entire nursing staff of the third floor at EIRMC. We would especially like to thank the friends and family at Lincoln Court Retirement Center for their care and kindness for the past few years.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, with her son, Neil Allen, officiating. The family will visit with friends Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at Wood East Side.
Burial will be in the Blackfoot Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at