Jala Allen peacefully and unexpectedly went to heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, while at her home in Holbrook.
A Celebration of Life was held at her home on Feb. 3, 2018.
Jala was born on Dec. 13, 1941, in Snowflake, to Richard DeSpain and Mae Malone DeSpain. She was the second of four children. Her greatest joy came from being a devoted mother to her four children and a grandmother to her 10 grandchildren.
Jala worked for many years for Arizona Department of Transportation until she retired in 2000. She was also a licensed cosmetologist. She was loving, hardworking, honest, tough and fun loving. Everyone who knew her never forgot the time they spent with her. She was loved and adored by so many and she kept those she loved in line!
Above all, Jala should be remembered simply as a good woman who saw adversities and tried to overcome them, saw opportunities and tried to take advantage of them, saw her children and grandchildren and tried to raise them as only she could.
Survivors include her three children, Vernon Lewis and Deborah Serna, both of Holbrook, and Ronald (Tracy) Lewis of Taylor; three siblings, Joyce Bradley of Snowflake, Gerri (Donald) Buckley of Joseph City and Richard (Noreen) DeSpain of Florida; and 10 grandchildren, Nicholas (Lacy) Serna, Markos (Cayla) Serna, Samantha Serna, Nicholas Elliston, Bella Elliston and Matthew Serna, all of Holbrook, Richard (Amber) Serna of Rock Springs, Wyo., Dominick Bianchi of New York, Isaac Elliston of Flagstaff, and William Lewis and Marybeth Lewis, both of Taylor.
Jala was proceeded death by her parents; her sister, Patricia DeSpain; and her son Richard Lewis.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low handled the arrangements.