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Odell Valree Chism Allen Green

Memorial for Odell Valree Chism Allen Green

Born in Austin, Texas on Aug. 12, 1921
Departed on Sep. 24, 2011 and resided in Austin, TX.
Service: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011
11:00 am
Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery
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Odell Valree Chism Allen Green, (“Gram”) was born on August 12, 1921, in Austin, TX and went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 24, 2011. She was the third child and second daughter born to Henry Chism, Sr. and Dora Thomas Chism. Her grandchildren affectionately gave her the nickname “Gram” and she cherished that title.

One of seven children, Gram grew up in a house where a love of Christ, education and sports were instilled. While the family may not have had much money, they were rich in love and support for each other. She fondly shared stories of her childhood with her brothers and sisters. Gram spoke about: the family having access to a “Model-T” automobile, how she made her baby sister, Fairy, her own baby doll, because the family could not afford to purchase one for her, and how two of her brothers were star high school football players. A close-knit group, the siblings also cared for each other and for their parents, when they could no longer care for themselves.

Like her brothers and sisters, Gram was a product of the Austin Independent School District. A proud “Yellow Jacket,” she graduated from The L.C. Anderson High School, as did all of her siblings.

As a young child, Gram was known for her dancing ability. She was fond of tap dancing and would dance on the front porch of her parents home on Homestead Street and passersby would stop to watch this talented young lady.

After graduating from high school, Gram met Thelton T. Allen of Corpus Christi, TX, in 1939, while attending a church service at The Comal Street Church of God in Christ Holiness. They were married in 1940, while she was attending nursing school. At that time, Thelton was enrolled at Tillotson College, which later merged with Samuel Huston College to become what is now known as Huston Tillotson University. Thelton left college to join the U.S. Navy during World War II, but later returned to finish his degree and earn a master’s degree. They returned to Austin, TX after having lived in Corpus Christi, TX and Chicago, IL. This union ended after twenty-six (26) years of marriage. Gram later married retired Army Sergeant William “Honey” Green and relocated to San Antonio, Texas.

After retiring and moving to San Antonio, TX with Mr. Green, Gram attended sewing classes and became a serious seamstress; designing and sewing pillows, dresses and suits from her own patterns. At the age of sixty-five (65) Gram enrolled at St. Phillips Junior College in San Antonio TX, and received certificates in upholstery, sewing, tailoring and design. She was particularly proficient at making draperies and her excellent work caught the attention of administrators at the college. She designed the draperies that to this very day hang in the library of St. Phillips Junior College. In between babysitting her grandchildren, she enjoyed making pillows and exquisite, lacy handkerchiefs to match her “Sunday Best” and other dressy attire, and to give as gifts. These handkerchiefs remain a lasting legacy of her spirit and talent.

In addition to her talent as a seamstress, Gram was a great cook. A special treat for anyone who stayed in her home was waking up to a great home cooked breakfast. Never a woman to let dust sit under her feet, Gram kept busy. She enjoyed going to the senior citizens’ home, tending to her vegetable garden, grape vines and pecan trees and of course, watching her favorite soap opera “stories” like “Young and the Restless”, Western “pictures” like “Gunsmoke” and “Walker, Texas Ranger”, and medical shows like “Marcus Welby, MD.”

Gram accepted Christ at an early age and had a regular worship relationship with the Lord. She was a dedicated and loyal member of The Comal Street Church of God in Christ Holiness in Austin, TX, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Austin, TX, and Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX.

In addition to raising her children, Gram worked outside the home. She retired in 1966 after having worked as a dietician’s aide and cook at Kinsolving Dormitory for Women on the campus of the University of Texas, during the height of demonstrations to integrate educational institutions. All campus dormitories were finally integrated in June of 1964. She was transferred at that time from Whitis Dormitory (previously for Black females only) to Kinsolving where the first thirteen Black female students were also allowed to reside. Since her daughter Linda was a UT student during this time, it was a pleasure to share lunch with her. She proudly remembered when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to speak on campus.

Gram loved being a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother. She enjoyed the birth of each new member of the family and boasted about the number of “grands” that she had. Gram proudly saw eight (8) of her ten (10) children survive infancy and become self-supporting and productive adults. Four of her children have college degrees, including two with advanced degrees and all attended college or trade school.

After living in San Antonio for thirty-nine (39) years, Gram relocated to Austin, TX in December of 2005, to live with her son, Bertram Allen, Sr. and his gracious and caring wife Pearl. She went home to be with the Lord while in their constant, unwavering care and devotion and surrounded by family who never left her side.

Gram was a loving and devoted mother, sister, aunt and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents Henry Chism, Sr. and Dora Thomas Chism; husbands, Thelton T. Allen and retired Army Sergeant William Green; sons, Darrell Eugene Allen and Ray Thelton Allen; grandson Deiyon Jackson; three brothers, Dudley Chism, Henry Chism, Jr. and Thomas Chism; daughters Dora Allen and Brenda Joyce Allen Wilson; two sisters, Carrie Johns and La Fla Chism Dawson. Left to cherish precious memories of Gram are: sister, Fairy Barlow, Austin, TX; two sisters-in-law, Esther Chism, Santa Anna, CA, and Fannie Wells Chism, Compton, CA; one brother-in-law, Andrew Allen, Corpus Christi, TX; three sons, Bertram Allen, Sr., (Pearl) of Austin, TX, Charles E. Allen (Janice), Houston, TX and Gary D. Allen (Shirley), San Antonio, TX; three daughters, Vaudean Allen, San Antonio, TX, Linda Allen Goode (Ernest), Mesquite, TX and Dorrie Jean Allen Wade (James), San Antonio, TX; twenty-three grandchildren; thirty-one great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


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