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Brief Biography of
Edna Love Allan

by David W. Allan
Feb. 7, 2000

I would like you to meet a remarkable lady, my wife of 41 years. Edna is a Hebrew word meaning rejuvenation. Many a soul has been rejuvenated by her loving and tender spirit. "Love" is a family name after her grandmother Agnes Love Flake. There is a lake called Love Lake -- named after her grandmother-- near the place of Edna’s birth, Snowflake, Arizona. The name Love also exemplifies her nature as well. Her heart is filled with love toward her family and friends. Ralph Ramsay, Edna’s great great grandfather, was a famous wood carver in the Mormon culture during their early history in Salt Lake City. Photograph of Eagle Gate and Beehive House, by Charles R. SavageAs examples, he assisted with the facade of the famous Mormon Tabernacle pipe organ, wood carvings in the Celestial Room of the famous Salt Lake temple, and he carved the original famous eagle for the eagle gate in Salt Lake City.

Having the great heritage which she does, it is not surprising to find in her many wonderful talents, which have contributed greatly to our home. She is gifted with her hands in the arts. These include wood carving and painting. Fortunately, some of our children have picked up on these talents. Music has always been very important in our home with all but one of our children learning to play the piano. Our oldest son is an accomplished pianist. Our home is often filled with beautiful music. We are pleased that these talents have been magnified in some of our grandchildren.

Her first love is the Lord. Her love of Heavenly fathers children sustained her on a mission to West Africa, where she and I served for a year and a half. Learning to speak French in Côte d’Ivoire, at age 62, was a real challenge for both of us. Adding to the problem was Edna’s hearing impairment. Though she struggled with this, she never complained. The language of love is independent of language, and she was able to move into the hearts of the people. Listening with her heart during a gospel discussion, she would say very little, but when she did speak you knew it was with love and inspiration.

Creativity is one of her shining attributes. Her arts and crafts have carried her in many different directions. Her creativity carries very strongly into her culinary skills. We have both had serious bouts with health problems in the past. For both of us, moving to a plant-based diet has provided great health benefits. Fortunately, her creativity moves very strongly into the kitchen; and I believe her vegan cuisine has to be among the finest in the state of Utah.

By education and training she is a nurse, but I have awarded her an honorary Ph.D. in home making skills. For the benefit of her family, friends and loved ones, her creativity skills have moved also in the area of preserving foods, herbs and learning other healing arts. Many have tasted her dried bananas and fruit leather, and know of their tantalizing flavors. She dries bananas for food storage, but with the children and grandchildren around, the bananas are lucky to survive a day! Wild berries and choke-cherries also find their way onto the shelves with the other dried fruits and vegetables. Have you ever heard of making fruit leather with zucchini squash as base? She discovered that the zucchini squash takes on the flavor of the fruit added and one cannot detect the presence of the squash. It is very delicious and economical.

Since the wife and mother set the tone of the home, I feel so fortunate to have her as companion, friend, wife and mother to our 7 wonderful children. She is right brained, and I am left brained; we make a great complementary pair. As I look through her eyes, and she through mine, we see together a much fuller world. Upon my retirement from NIST, we moved back to my home state of Utah, and designed and built (as a family project) a solar, energy-efficient home with no furnace at 6,000 feet elevation. One of its solar heating mechanisms is a solarium. With her green thumb and magic touch, we enjoy gorgeous flowers and house plants year-round. In summary, she has helped make our home a safe sanctuary – a place of peace, joy and love.

See also:

Edna's Tips - Healthy cooking, gardening, dehydrating, health tips
David W. Allan Biography (husband)


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