Dora Mae Allen, 99, formerly of Wallowa County, died May 2 at Good Shepherd Hospital in Hermiston after a brief bout with pneumonia. Sign the condolence book at

At Dora’s request there will be no funeral. Private burial will be at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens.

Dora was born in the Swamp Creek area of Wallowa County, Dec. 18, 1912, to Sinda (Baker) Hetrick and Vern Hetrick.

Dora never tired of her father Vern’s stories about crossing the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon in the late 1800s. In her teens, Dora accompanied her father’s fiddle-playing on the piano for dances held in various homes throughout the Wallowa Valley and Imnaha. Her love of country music continued all her life.

Dora married who was to become her constant companion of 74 years and love of her life, Glenn “Cy” Allen, on May 21, 1938. They took over operations of the family ranch between Wallowa and Lostine located at the foot of Allen Canyon.

Dora loved her children, her dogs, her horses and the outdoors. For over 20 years, she and Cy led a 4-H group, The Liberty Buckaroos, teaching young people from Wallowa and Lostine to compete in and enjoy horsemanship. They were honored for their dedication to 4-H in the mid-1960s. Later they became longtime members of the Pioneer Posse.

In 1964 they moved to Umapine and two years later found their forever home on the Old Highway between Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater where they lived until December of 2011 when they moved in with their son, Greg, in Hermiston.

Dora was preceded in death by her parents, Vern and Sinda Hetrick; her son, Jim; her daughter, Gracie Ann (Casteel); and her sister, Marjorie Retherford.

She is survived by her husband, Glenn B. Allen “Cy”; three children, Glenda (Todd), John and Greg; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren;

Cy would love to hear from all friends and former 4-Hers at P.O. Box 72, Hermiston, OR 97838.


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