Lila Rae Allen ‘Bunny’


Lila Rae Allen ‘Bunny’


Bunny Allen

Lila Rae Allen “Bunny,” 86, of Billings, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on June 18, 2018.

Lila was born on March 13, 1932, in Hagerman, Idaho, to Roy and Florence Gridley. Her family made their life in California, where she met the love of her life, Paul Allen. The high school sweethearts were married in 1950 in Reno, Nevada, and, after living in Las Vegas for a while, moved to Billings to support Paul’s golf career and raise their five children.

Bunny had a true passion for traveling the world and was fortunate to see the world throughout her life. She loved being involved with people and had many interests, including being a member of the infamous “Crazy Ladies,” Audubon Society, Billings Symphony and Bridge Club. Bunny faithfully attended church and journaled daily her love for God and prayers for her family and friends. Those who knew Bunny knew her greatest blessings from God called her Grandma.

Bunny leaves behind her son, Ron Allen; daughters Paula (John) Dillon and Pam Allen; grandchildren Chad Michael (Rebecca) Dillon, Jared (Sarah) Dillon, Melissa (Justin) Jennings, Elizabeth (Ryan) Gage, Tom (Diane) Allen, Mimi (Andy) Salonen and Angela Watson; as well as 15 great-grandchildren. She has been reunited in heaven with Paul and her two sons, Howard and Mark.

Memorials can be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF-Colorado Chapter, 400 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 840, Denver, CO 80246).

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service is being planned for July.

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17 thoughts on “Lila Rae Allen ‘Bunny’”

  1. Paul Schmaltz

    My condolences to the Allen family. It was always my pleasure whenever this grand lady was present. Bunny always had a nice word to say to anyone she met.

  2. Alison Harr Schmaltz

    Bunny has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember… a lifelong friend to Mom, a fun and “Crazy lady” and the kind of person who made me, and others, feel special to her whenever she was with us! Love and prayers to her family… she made this world a better place, for sure!❤️

  3. Kay Bollinger

    Bunny was a wonderful woman to work for. She was always so giving and nice to everyone. She will be missed. Bunny and Paul were a great team and now they are together again. My condolences to the family.

  4. Lee and Jeanne Judson

    A beautiful, friendly woman at YCC with a warm smile who welcomed and enjoyed people, dear Bunny will be sadly missed. May her strong hope in Jesus bring comfort to her wonderful family that she invested her life in, knowing she now is at home in heaven.

  5. Lee and Jeanne Judson

    We will miss the “First Lady” of YCC. Bunny was always warm and welcoming and graced any scene with her beautiful smile. Her family was important to her; may you all be comforted by her faith in Jesus who welcomed her home.

  6. Kathy Gearhart

    My condolences to Pam and the Allen family.
    I went to grade school with Pam and would have the fun pleasure of walking home with Pam for
    lunch. I remember Bunny as fun, funny and very gracious.
    I will hold you all in my prayers.
    Kathy (Balock) Gearhart

  7. Our heartfelt sympathy from the Rimrock Opera and Nova Center for the Performing Arts organizations and us personally. We will miss Bunny at our performances, her enthusiastic attendance at Opera 101 classes and all the opera events. She always had encouraging words and deep gratitude for everyone around her. We will miss her smile, laugh and hugs.
    Sincerely, Steven and Lucinda Butler

  8. We Love You Gigi our hearts hurt without you here you were a huge part of our lives, Rest Easy Grammy you did well!

  9. karla larrabee,

    Bunny!!! I always wanted to grow up and be like Bunny!
    Enthusiastic, full of life, passionate about convictions, confrontive, yet loving-with grit to work through obstacles!!
    In my mind she was our Lucile Ball of I Love Lucy!
    Thank you Bunny for reaching out to me one day a long time ago, and buying my first ever matching set of long underware for skiing!
    Your forever in my Hall of Fame!
    Karla Larrabee

  10. This lady was the best of the best. One thing I know for sure there will never be another Bunny. She will always be the Poster Lady of YCC. A kinder soul you could not find. We love you Bunny, Dic & Marsha

  11. The entire Whittinghill family is so very saddened to hear about the beautiful, kind and always happy and fun Bunny! We share fond memories of Bunny and your family. Thoughts and prayers. Ann Whittinghill Bauer

  12. mary jane taylor

    I met Bunny when I took up tennis and joined a group she played with. After games ended Bunny and her partners would proceed to the lobby of the Yellowstone Racquet Club and eat orange slices (lots!) Bunny had brought to share. Along with eating oranges we talked about the goings-on in our lives. Looking back on sharing those oranges, I think Bunny knew it brought people together. Bunny made us all feel so special! Making people feel special was important to Bunny her entire life!

  13. Gamma Gamma — I already miss your voicemails and cards I could barely make out. You took time for each of us every day. You were giving of time, love, and always had a bunch of oranges for me. I’ll always be grateful for getting to come home to your house in throughout college. The way you gathered us all for sourdoughs or during any holiday. And lastly, your commitment to theatre and the arts truly opened my eyes. From BST to Alberta Bair you were either cheering me on or bringing me along. I love you you so much you are so missed!

  14. Mom, we missed you so much this fourth of July Red Lodge was not the same there is a big whole in our hearts. The parade without you and especially the rodeo, you gave us a lot of years at celebrating the 4th of July at Red Lodge and sisters birthday. Rest in Peace we will always love you!!!

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