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Virginia M. (Carter) Allis

February 23, 1934 ~ June 6, 2022 (age 88)


WHATELY- Virginia M. (Carter) Allis, 88, of Haydenville Road, died early Monday morning, June 6, 2022 at Athol Hospital.

Born in Holyoke on February 23, 1934, she was the daughter of Walter E. and Marion (Swift) Carter. She had lived in Willamansett, later moving to Round Pond, Maine. In 1946, after the death of her father, she moved to Whately where she lived ever since. She graduated from Northampton High School and Northampton Commercial College (1953).

On December 21, 1952, Virginia married E. Elliott Allis and they enjoyed just over 39 years until his death on April 27, 1991.

Virginia was very active in her life, having worked for Stoddard, Ball, Bartlett and Trudel in Greenfield, as the Whately Town Clerk from 1961-1999, Secretary to the Board of Selectmen, clerk with the Board of Assessors and also the Town of Whately Treasurer 1980-1988.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Whately, serving as Parish Treasurer, as well as a member and treasurer of the Ladies Benevolent Society, Whately Grange, Connecticut Valley Pomona, Massachusetts State Grange, member of the National Grange- served as Master (President), Lecturer, and Chaplin.  Virginia also served as Ceres of Whately Grange, and a member of the Whately Council on Aging. Virginia also was a member and served on the Board for many years of the Dickinson Family Association, as well as Treasurer of the Franklin Association of United Church of Christ.

Virginia worked on many church suppers and was known for her “church supper rolls” that she made for all suppers.

Virginia is survived by her daughters, Nancy M. Blackmer and Pamela J. Gale and her husband, C. David Gale, all of Orange; grandchildren, Rebecca Ingram and her husband, Jason, of Dracut, Jean Whitten and her husband, Michael, of Manchester, NH, and Jessica Gale-Tanner and her husband, Benjamin, of Orange; great grandchildren, Cory Tanner, Madison Whitten and Zachary Whitten; God-daughter, Bethany (Carter) Bower; sister in law, Adelia (Allis) Bardwell; and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia was predeceased by her parents, husband, her siblings, Esther Fogwell (Seymour), Priscilla Randall (William), and Walter “Pete” Carter (Joan); and her son in law, Bruce Blackmer.

There are no calling hours.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 3 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Whately, 177 Chestnut Plain Road, Whately, with Rev. Dr. Cynthia Crosson-Harrington officiating.

Interment will be private in the Whately Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Virginia’s name to the First Congregational Church of Whately, c/o Nancy Wilson, 155 Haydenville Road, Whately, MA 01093.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.

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Funeral Service
June 11, 2022

3:00 PM
Whately First Congregational Church
177 Chestnut Plain Road
Whately, MA 01093

Private Interment

Whately Center Cemetery
209 Chestnut Plain Road
Whately, MA 01093

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