Margie and Jim Allen, Sr.
Margie Caroline Fitch Allen was our Birding Editor and a woman who taught us so much about not only birds of the world, but also about wildlife and animals in general. She loved them all. In fact, one of the main reasons Margie and her brother Jack Fitch lived in the somewhat-remote mountain country of Rociada/Pendaries, N.M., was to be close to the wildlife and her birds. Besides her love of animals, Margie was an avid reader of non-fiction with preferences for biographies and history works. It was fascinating to talk with her about well-known figures whose lives had paralleled her own. Although her recent homes were all in New Mexico, Margie was born in Nebraska, educated at Wayne State Teachers' College, and taught (chemistry, home economics, English, and girls' athletics) at Washington High School, Phoenix. Besides her brother Jack, Margie is survived by her son and our publisher Jim Allen, two daughters: Leslie Thorton and Lynn McWilliams, and three grandchildren. Margie Allen -- sister, mother, grandmother, and advocate for all in the animal kingdom -- will be greatly missed. We can only think now that her spirit is soaring with her birds.
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