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Harriette Elizabeth (Eshleman) Allan

November 4, 1937 ~ May 13, 2017 (age 79)
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ALLAN -   Harriette Elizabeth Allan, 79, of Byron Center, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017.  She was born Nov. 4, 1937, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania., to Harry and Violette Eshleman. 

Always a tomboy, Harriette enjoyed playing ball at recess with the boys and wished she would have been allowed to join the baseball team at Susquehanna Township High School, from which she graduated in 1955.  Harriette then went on to earn her teaching degree from Shippensburg University. 

During college, she met Doug Allan, whom she later married in June of 1959. Together with their young son, Bill, the pair moved to Michigan in 1962, eventually purchasing a home in Byron Center, where Harriette lived out her life and raised her family of three boys, Bill, Scott and Bob.  She taught at Byron Center Public Schools for several years and later became an inventory control clerk in the warehouse for Spartan Stores for more than 20 years until her retirement in 2001.

Harriette was active in the community, serving on the Byron Township Parks and Recreation board for more than 20 years. She was instrumental in the creation of Whistle Stop Park and also worked on Bicentennial Park. Harriette will be remembered for her friendship, wit and warmth. She greatly enjoyed watching a good game, no matter the sport, and was her grandchildren's No. 1 fan in all they did.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory three sons, Bill (Sheila) Allan, of Grand Rapids, Scott (Andrea) Allan, of Hastings, and Bob (Candy) Allan, of Morley; seven grandchildren, Kaitlin, Thomas, Mara, Daniel, Michael, Nathan and Bailey; and many dear friends who enriched her life for decades. 

She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Roberta Walsh; and brother-in-law, Tony Walsh.

Per Harriette's wishes, cremation has taken place.

The family will greet friends during a memorial visitation, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Cook Funeral Home (Byron Center Chapel), 2067 84th St., Byron Center. 

Those desiring to make memorial contributions in Harriette's honor are asked to consider their nearest youth sports program. 

The family welcomes memories and messages in their online guest book at

Charitable donations may be made to:

Nearest youth sports program

 Service Information

Memorial Visitation
May 18, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cook-Byron Center Chapel
2067 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315

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