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Marsha Allen

Marsha “Maya” Allen graduated to Glory at the age of 64 on August 28, 2022, at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Marsha was born into a big family to Violet Allen and Ernest Ford in Brooklyn, New York on June 5, 1958. 

Those that knew Marsha know that she loved being around family and friends and never shied away from having a good time. She had an affinity for music and laughter, and you could always find her doing one of the two when you were around her. It wasn’t uncommon to find her watching and laughing at her favorite comedians: Martin Lawrence and Kat Williams. In her spare time, Marsha enjoyed reading, listening to music, traveling, collecting, arts & crafts, and watching stand-up comedy and documentaries. However, her true happiness was when she was able to spend time with family and those she loved.

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, and friend Marsha leaves to cherish her memories her son and daughter, Shawn Allen and Sharonda Parks; sisters, Janet and Tanya;  brothers, Edward, Robert, and Leonard; her grandchildren, Endia, Devante, Essence, Keaira, and DJ; great grandchildren, Damonte, Lyndon, Emani, Kay, LA, Legend, Kemari, and Donte; Nieces, Lana, Annwon, Angelika, Tashema, Tiffany, Takeema, Tasia, Denise, Samantha, and Amanda; nephews, Derrick, Von, Aswon, Leroy, Darrell, and Leshon, and a host of cousins, other family, and friends.

As we celebrate Marsha’s life on this earth, a quote by one of her favorite authors reminds us that as long as we continue to remember Marsha’s love of family, laughter,  smile, & resiliency; her legacy will continue to thrive within each of us.

“Life continues after death as long as you remember the warmth of another's smile, the gentleness of their touch, the meaning they brought to your life. In your remembrance of another, death cannot overtake life.”- Iyanla Vanzant

Viewing will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 1-6 pm, Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 11am-12pm with funeral to follow at funeral home. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. 



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Peace and Blessings Marsha and our deepest condolences to the entire family! Words can't express what beautiful person you have always been to me and everyone you've touched. I wanted to be there to celebrate your transition but as always I know you would understand. You were like a mother In the absence of my mother. I enjoyed the music you played.. Especially keeping up with all the new Artist. Music definitely different right Marsha? Sharonda and Shawn had you, one of the mothers on planet earth. You were great and you were good, therefore was blessed. Thank you for being my Daughter: Quintaisha's God Mother ! I knew if there was anyone I could trust it was you. God (Allah) thank you for such a beautiful person and great spirit. May life continue to reward us even in Marsha death, for we know she's now one with you! I Love you Marsha and my prayers go out to the family. Peace.

Love Muhammad aka Love For Prezident aka Huff Sep 11 2022 3:55 AM

Dearest Marsha,
We’ve been friends for over 50 years and I’ve loved you as my Sister. You made me your first child’s Godmother at the age of 17 and I have treasured that all my life. You have endured more then anyone individual should have had to and I am happy that God has given you rest. I will look out for Shawn & Shronda until I take my rest. Travel well to your next destination. Love Always & Forever Your Sister in Christ

Valerie Moore Sep 6 2022 5:58 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Marsha Allen

Valerie Moore Sep 6 2022 5:51 PM


Aunt Catherine & Family Sep 6 2022 12:11 PM

Sending our deepest sympathy to the family.

Sharon and Glenn Sep 4 2022 9:34 AM

Marsha I will never forget your smile and on the weekends going to club thank you for being a friend and the memories we shared until we met again

KIM GILLIAM Aug 31 2022 3:16 PM