June 3, 1925 ó Dec. 16, 2013
Theola Ellen Allington passed away Dec. 16, 2013, in Walla Walla at the Washington Odd Fellows Home.
Theola was born on June 3, 1925, in Toppenish, Wash., to George and Clara (nee Laviere) Chandler. She was the youngest of five children. She had three brothers, one of whom was her older twin, and a sister who died in infancy. Her father operated a truck garden, providing fresh fruits and vegetables for sale and her mother was a full time homemaker. Theola was very close to her parents and brothers. Her brother, Edward introduced her to her future husband, Earl Allington.
Theola and Earl married on Oct. 23, 1942, and shortly afterward Earl was shipped to Africa and the Allied invasion of Italy during World War II. During the war years, Theola worked in the shipyards in the Seattle area as a pipe fitter. After the war, the couple returned to the Yakima Valley to raise their family. Theola spent many years working in the food processing industry. She worked long shifts, but always found time to care for her family.
During their 63 years of marriage, Theola and Earl raised four children and enjoyed numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Theola never met a baby that she didnít love. Her interests included visiting with family, traveling with her husband and watching sporting events. She loved to watch the Seahawks and Mariners, giving them ìadviceî when they werenít performing well. She was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, joining before her marriage and participating in many activities and church functions through the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bill, Edward and Theodore; her infant sister; son James; and her husband Earl. Theola is survived by her daughter, Mary Scroggins of Yakima; her son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Edilcia Allington of Oviedo, Fla.; and son and daughter-in-law Tim and Tina Allington of Walla Walla; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Interment will be private at the familyís request. Memorial contributions can be made to the Catholic charity of your choice.