Barbara “Barb” Allen-Bryant

Barbara Rae Allen-Bryant, 67, passed away peacefully at her home in Rochester surrounded by family on February 11, 2021.

Barbara was born November 17, 1953 in Rochester Minnesota to Glenn W. and Mildred C. (Rucker) Allen.  She graduated from Mayo High School in 1972. Barbara lived in Minneapolis until she moved back to Rochester in 2007.

Barbara was a caregiver and did house cleaning. She was a member of St. Matthews Episcopalian Church and De Colores. She loved her family, her puppy Sammy, all people and animals.  Her passions included hairdressing, adult coloring, family vacations, cooking, shopping and decorating.  She loved to collect pictures of wolves, angels and owls. She had a green thumb and loved music and dancing.

Barbara is survived by her children, Dartagnon (Emily) Allen of Beloit Wisconsin and Robert Allen of Rochester Minnesota; Sisters Marjorie Brehmer of Beaverton Oregon and LaVonne “Bonnie” (Woody) Arkeketa of Austin Texas; Five Grandchildren Maxwell, Marcus, Kisha, Donovan and Isaiah; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Glenn and Mildred Allen; a grandson Trovonta Allen; brothers Virgil W. Allen and Glenn “Gary” Allen and sister Pauline M. McFarlin.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Barb may be shared at

2 thoughts on “Barbara “Barb” Allen-Bryant

  1. Barb was a true friend to Jim and me. Our son Oscar was born in a scorching hot summer. Barb had just moved in across the hall from us and saw we had no summer swaddling blankets for our son. She immediately brought us some beautiful tie dyed baby blankets that were perfect for keeping Oscar wrapped up but not too hot. Barb always saw what others needed and would provide it if it was in her power to do so. A couple years later Barb joined us at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. She sang in the choir, learning the four part harmony music and lyrics to many many hymns by ear. Barb made many delicious potluck dishes to share and was a blessing to her family and friends. Barb took care of Nancy’s dad, Grandpa Bernie, when Jim, Nancy and Oscar needed a vacation. Bernard had dementia and it was no easy chore. For these gifts from Barb and many more gifts to numerous to mention, Barb was a blessing to us. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Dartagnon, Robert and all the family.

  2. MA I just think about you every day. Honesty is so firm. I love you more and more each day you be good up there. If the life up there hasn’t started then you start it and show them how to do ALPHA. I’m sad in my flesh selfishly but glad in my hopes that I can show how much our days here earth you meant to me I am so sorry the day you had me I didn’t guard you the way you did for me for all of my years I see your colors every day when I see indepth ideas of something of an Bob Ross display because with you my day has been complete and with out you it’s just wondering in the way you would tell me to. My Mom I cry because I drink to much water because you told me not to cry.

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