In Memory

Mary Kay Allen

According to information provided by Judy Mason Petersen and Mary G. Chapmen, Mary Kay Allen passed away in January 2006 from colon cancer.

UPDATE: This is a link to the obituary published for Mary Kay:

This is the text from that obituary:

Mary Kay Allen 1956 ~ 2006 DAMMERON VALLEY, UT- Mary Kay Allen has packed her raft and is off on another adventure taking a new river, one even more glorious than her beloved Colorado of the Grand Canyon. Mary's body succumbed to colon cancer January 31, 2006. She was barely 49 years old. Mary was the third daughter of Helen Ward and Glen Michie Allen, born November 29, 1956 in Provo, Utah. She graduated from Skyline High School and began college at Utah State University where she was awarded "Honors At Entrance". She studied art at Southern Utah State College (now SUU) and received a degree in anthropology from the University of Utah while working as a ski instructor. She married John V. Toner in a ceremony held in Snow Canyon, Utah on February 14, 1981. They divorced in 1999. For over 20 years Mary worked as a river guide for Colorado River and Trail Expeditions, enlightening hundreds of visitors to the wonders of the Grand Canyon and Alaska. Because of her knowledge of the Colorado Plateau, she was involved in expeditions for National Geographic Magazine and the Smithsonian Institution. In her spare time, Mary worked as an outdoor photographer. Her photographs have been featured in books, calendars, postcards, museum exhibits, and travel brochures. Mary leaves behind a legacy of knowledge and original research on Utah Rock Art, much of which will be donated to Northern Arizona University. All the birds and creatures of creation found a kind and committed friend in Mary. Preceded in death by her parents, Mary is survived by two older sisters, Anita Kay Allen Snyder (Robert) of O'Fallon, Illinois; Janet Mary Allen Cannon (Jeff) of Holladay, Utah; and brother Rick Allen of Salt Lake City, Utah. She also leaves behind seven nieces and nephews who loved and admired her greatly. The family extends their thanks to friends, Gail Fulde, Tony Williams and Judy Petersen for their service to Mary in her final days. Our gratitude also to Dr. Jane Manolo, the staff of Snow Canyon Clinic, and the Odyssey Hospice nurses, in particular, Elizabeth Moss. A memorial service in Mary's honor will be held Saturday. February 4, 2006 at Grace Episcopal Church, 1072 East 900 South, Saint George, Utah at 12:00 noon

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Feb. 2, 2006 - See more at:

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07/29/15 02:03 PM #1    

Shari E. Hansen (Sampson)

I am sorry to see this. Mary Kay was a sweet, smart girl.

08/12/15 01:16 PM #2    

Brad Reichert

Mary Kay was very much a sweetheart. She was so nice and kind and gentle (and very pretty too). We all had such good times together and laughed alot. We were very lucky that she chose to spend her time around us all. She made our lives better. It's not possible to have known her and not feel a great loss. God bless you Mary Kay.

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