Allene Guthrie Van Meter
Allene Guthrie was born on February 9, 1903 in Macon, MO. She was the oldest
of three daughters born to Robert Allen Guthrie and Effie Sharp Guthrie.
She earned a B.A. in French from Lindenwood College and an M.A in French from
the University of Chicago. After several years of teaching, chiefly in Parsons,
KS, she married William Joseph Van Meter, Jr. of Parsons on November 28, 1935 at
her parents' home in Macon, MO. During World War II, while her husband was
serving in the Navy, Allene worked in the optics division of Bendix Aviation
Corporation.The Van Meters lived on the East Coast until 1950 when they
established residence on a ranch south of Santa Fe. In 1990they moved to Sun
City West, AZ; however, in the fall of 1997 they returned to Santa Fe to live.
Allene was known for her hospitality and for the wonderful cooking that she
produced for her family, friends, and neighbors. She made yeast breads, homemade
jams and jellies, and old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream at a time when these
skills were being abandoned in favor of whatever was quick and commercial; and
she inspired a love of good, basic, and creative cooking in more than one member
of the "younger generation". She was a dedicated member of the St. Vincent
Hospital Auxiliary during the 1950's. Allene G. Van Meter died at Casa Real Care
Center on Saturday evening, July 24, 1999 at the age of 96.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her two sisters, Mary Sue
Guthrie and Jean Sharp Guthrie Van Sant.
She is survived by her husband, William Van Meter, of Santa Fe; a
brother-in-law, Frank R. Van Sant, of Las Cruces, NM; a nephew, Frank Guthrie
Van Sant, of Poway, CA; a brother-in-law, RobinArnold Van Meter, of Largo, FL;
her husband's nephews, Keith Van Meter of New Orleans, LA and Quentin Van Meter
of Peachtree City, GA; her husband's niece, Katherine Kitch Hagerman, and
husband H.L. "Bud" Hagerman, of Santa Fe; and several great-nieces and
Cremation has taken place. Interment will be at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
No services are planned. The family requests that contributions in Allene's
memory be made to the Samuel McClure Goodwin memorial scholarship Fund at the
New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, NM 88201.
From: The Santa Fe New Mexican - Santa Fe, New
Mexico. July 28, 1999.