Ardath Brandt Allen, age 97, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Greenville, passed away Thursday, July 30 in Indiana. Funeral services for 97 year old Ardath Brandt Allen will be Monday, August 3 at 1:00 p.m. at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 11:00 a.m. to service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the International Childcare Ministry of the Free Methodist Church of North America, or the Greenville College Choir.
She was born to Archie Bryan and Myrtle Sabra (McLane) Dickerson on December 30, 1917 in their two room country house in Cashion, OK. She and her three siblings, Elvon Donnell Dickerson (d. 1989), Elizabeth Faye DeLong (d. 2005) and Vivian Jean Childers of Hutchinson, KS, grew up on their family farm in Kingfisher, County, OK.
After graduating salutatorian from Piedmont High School, OK, Ardath attended Central College, McPherson, KS and later Greenville College, Greenville, IL. On June 1, 1938, she married Clarke Henry Brandt at her parent’s Oklahoma farm house. They moved to Greenville, IL in 1948 where they raised their four children, Edward Clarke Brandt, Henry Donnell (Carol) Brandt of Bedford, IN, Carole Janean (David) Wills of Indianapolis, IN, and Vanetta Diane (John) Bratcher of Boynton Beach, FL.
Ardath was an active homemaker, Sunday school teacher, seamstress, artist and soprano in church choirs. She and Clarke sang many duets for church services, weddings and church camp meetings. Until her mid 80’s, Ardath sang periodically in the Greenville Community Choir performances of Handel’s Messiah. From about 1957-1964, Ardath worked for DeMoulin Bros. as receptionist and embroidery pattern artist, designing logo and mascots for band uniforms and choir robes. During the late 1960’s, she was cashier and bookkeeper in the Greenville College Business Office. She also served as the first woman President of the Greenville Kiwanis Club during their 1997 50th Anniversary Year. Ardath loved sewing, crocheting, embroidery and knitting. She frequently made clothes, quilts and household items for her home, family, and volunteered for the Utlaut Memorial Hospital Bazaar.
Ardath will be dearly missed by her sister, sister-in-law, Evie Dickerson Conant, three surviving children and their families, daughter-in-law Rita Brandt, eight grandchildren, eight great-grand children, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and sister, husband, Clarke H. Brandt (d. June 3, 1983), husband, Leavitt O. Allen (d. October 24, 2002), and son, Edward Clarke Brandt (d. March 31, 2004).
Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home
203 W Oak St
Greenville, IL 62246