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Easter Fannie Mae Allen (known to her family as Fannie Mae) peacefully departed this life on Monday evening, June 1, 2015, at Hayes Convalescent Hospital in San Francisco, California.

Fannie Mae was born on April 15, 1922, in Medon, Tennessee to the late Thomas and Mariah (Merriweather) Tyson. She was the youngest of eleven children. She spent her younger years in Medon, Tennessee and picked cotton during the summer months. She and family members migrated to Denmark, Tennessee where she received her formal education within the Madison County School system.

Fannie Mae accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age. She was baptized into the Blairs Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Jackson, Tennessee. Upon her arrival to San Francisco in 1952, she later joined Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church were she was a faithful member. She often mentioned to her family and friends that Bethel AME was the place that furthered her spirit growth as she maintained a close walk with God.

Upon relocating to San Francisco in 1952. Fannie Mae completed the necessary training to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and began her professional career with the San Francisco General Hospital. She was employed by the San Francisco General Hospital for more than 20 years before retiring. After retiring Fannie Mae traveled extensively to over 20 countries. Even taking a 45 day cruise from San Francisco to Beijing, China so that she could take part in the 2008 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

Fannie Mae met and married the late Buddy Allen in the winter of 1954. Although they weren't blessed with children, Fannie Mae raised many of her nieces, nephews as well as her great nieces and nephews believing in the Proverb: "It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child." Fannie Mae has been described by her family and friends as classy, sassy, fashionable, passionate and most importantly loving and loyal. She was especially fond of watching her beloved San Francisco Giants and even went to Game 4 of this past year's World Series held at AT&T Park. Fannie Mae's strongest trait was that she was a God-Fearing Woman.

Fannie Mae was preceded in death by her parents Mariah and Thomas Tyson as well as siblings Gertrude Bond Tyson, Annie Laura Tyson McBride, Luster Tyson Moore, Gloria Tyson Mayo, Callie Tyson Merriweather, Hattie Bell Tyson Merriweather Thomas, Alvin Tyson and Effie Tyson Shaw.

Fannie Allen was a vibrant, hardworking, adventurous, energetic woman who even recently would walk everyday and the days she didn't take a walk would go swimming instead.

She leaves to cherish her memories God-Child Kim Murry Shade (Richard) of Antioch, California and Great-Niece Dr. Lisa McBride (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) who until her last breath were not only loyal and dedicated to her , but served as her caregivers. Seventeen nieces and nephews (olla Craig, Christine Boyd, Mark McBride, Lenzie Moore, Sarah Hunnicut, Leroy McBirde, Jr., and Albert McBride Sr., of St. Louis, Missouri; Eloise Powell and Dennis McBride of Saginaw, Michigan; Arba McBride of Detriot, Michigan; Catherine Merriweather, George Merriweather, Ethel Norment, Connie Tyson, Clara Hoke and Betty Lyles of Memphis, Tennessee and Hattie Bond of Alton, Illinois, who she absolutely adored and a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.