Raye Virginia McCreary Allen
Raye Virginia McCreary Allen, cultural historian and author, died March 26, 2022 at her home in Temple, Texas. Born on May 27, 1929 in Temple, Texas, she has spent her life devoted to family, social causes, the arts, and the humanities. She was known to those who loved her as Raye Virginia, RV, Mubba, Moosie and Mom.
Raye Virginia graduated from Temple High School in 1947 and then attended the University of Texas in the Honors Plan II program, graduating in 1952. She received her graduate degree in American Studies and worked to get a doctorate. in the same. Using her thesis as a subject for UT Press, she published Gordon Conway: Fashioning A New Woman. This book received the 1998 Liz Carpenter Women’s History Award from the Texas State Historical Association and the Nonfiction Award from the Writers’ League of Texas.
Married to HK Allen for 53 years, she has supported him through many endeavors including banking, politics, philanthropy, education, Christ Episcopal Church and local community causes. Listing just a few of her accomplishments, she was an accomplished woman exceeding anyone’s expectations. She was the first president of the Future Homemakers of America (FCCLA) Texas at the age of 16. She was a co-founder of the Cultural Activities Center and the Railroad and Pioneer Museum in Temple, Texas. Raye Virginia was one of the founding trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The Governor of Texas appointed her to the Texas Commission for the Bicentennial of the American Revolution, charged with developing and establishing national guidelines for the official designation of a “Bicentennial City” in the United States. She has served on the boards of the Briscoe Center for American History, McDonald Observatory, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Texas State Society, Washington, D.C., and Texas State Historical. Committee. She was appointed to the University of Texas Centennial Commission and the 125th Commission. She presided over LBJ’s anniversary celebration in the nation’s capital. Raye Virginia is credited with over 75 lectures for the Speakers Bureau of the Texas Council for the Humanities (TCH, now Texas Humanities) and has a school in Temple, Texas named in her honor, Raye-Allen Elementary School.
Raye Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Henry Kiper (HK) Allen, Sr, and her parents Irvin Paul McCreary and Vivian Mary Arnold McCreary. She is survived by her children Henry Kiper (Ki) Allen, Jr. and his wife Kay Barnes Allen, Irvin McCreary (Mac) Allen and his daughter Raye Virginia (Ginger) Allen. He is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Anthony Allen (Tony-Allen) Cucolo, Raye McCreary (Mackie) Davis, Abigail (Abbie) Lee Cucolo, Judith Allegra Allen and Henry Kiper (Tres) Allen, III, Rahab Cucolo. Melissa Cucolo, Westley and Beckett Davis.
Services for Raye Virginia Allen will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Cultural Activity Center, Jeff Hamilton Book Club, Christ Episcopal Church, Raye. -Allen Elementary School, any Temple, Texas, or The Briscoe Center for American History, Austin, Texas.