She was born March 9, 1922, in Carthage, Mo., daughter of Loraine Edward and Mary Austin Shanks Rauth. She and William C. McAllister Jr. were married Jan. 20, 1945, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He passed away Jan. 26, 1983, in Richardson, Texas. She was a dedicated mother to her children and an avid bridge player, playing as often as she could with friends. She grew up in Cape Girardeau and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1940. Later she attended Southeast Missouri State Teacher's College where she was a member of the CLIO sorority.
She was the loving mother of Karen Loraine (Joe) Rice, of Chaffee, Mo., William C. (Connie) McAllister III, of Liberty, Mo., and Jeffrey Scott (Susie) McAllister, of Raymore, Mo. She was loved by her nine grandchildren Michelle (Ryan) Neal, of Camdenton, Mo., Jeannie (Matt) Hanlon, of O'Fallon, Mo., Betsy Rice, of Columbia., Mo., Perry (Emily) Rice, of Rolla, Mo., Kelly (Butch) DeFelice and Brian McAllister, of Chicago, Ill., Amy McAllister, Melissa McAllister, and Carolyn McAllister, of Raymore. She has seven beautiful great-grandchildren. Her children and family will miss her.
Her parents, her husband, Bill, of 38 years, her sister Marcella Mayfield, of Sikeston, and twin sons, Joseph Shanks and John Rauth McAllister, preceded her in death.
Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., today, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Graveside rites will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, in St. Mary's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make contributions in her name to the charity of your choice.