Amy Gail Allen

Amy Gail Allen

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever because the Word of God is alive and powerful.”

The family of Amy Gail Allen, age 77, a native of Winnfield but a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, is now celebrating Amy’s transition to heaven at 5 pm on January 9, 2021. A memorial service, Lord willing, is being held on Friday, Jan. 22, at 12 Noon at the Presbyterian Church in Winnfield.

Amy Gail was proceded in death by her parents, Jehu Lazelle and Guinervere Allen, and a number of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. She is also survived by her husband of 17 years and 3 months, James Ronald Skains; her daughter of 20 years, Katie Skains Wescott and 27 month old grand-daughter, Annalynn. Also surviving Amy is her sister and husband, Mary and Willie Doherty of Winnfield, her “Superfavorite niece,” Dawn Johnson and husband Bill and two children, Billy and Abbygail; a 93 year old Aunt, Annie Vee McMillian and children, Allen and Kathy of Little Rock, Ark. Also surviving Amy are first cousins Lloyd Smith of Lake Charles, Mary Manuel of Ruston, Janice Porter of West Monroe, and her “busombuddy” of 77 years, comrade in arms and business partner, Betty Kraft of Pride, La.

Amy began her leadership career training in high school under the tutelage of Speech and Drama teacher, Nell Grigg. Amy excelled in Academics and was Student-Manager of the high school radio station. Amy left her hometown and enrolled at age 17 with Betty at LSU where she would ultimately earn 4 degrees. She then pursued a career in education with the EBR School System for 33 years first as a classroom teacher, then a supervising teacher, and then became a longtime Director of Staff Development for the system.

Amy Gail was a trailblazer in education circles, co-founding the La Staff Development Council and serving as a past President. She was also active in the National Staff Dev. organization and was one of the few certified “Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People” trainer. She was a longtime active member of Delta Kappa Gamma and a proud member of DAR.

Amy also co-founded the La Presbeyterian Cursillo; was a longtime member of B r o a d m o o r Presbeyterian Church in BR serving on the Session and participated in “Bible Study Fellowhip,” a national movement for 12 years. Amy was active for 5 years in a local food ministry. Amy was also a member of the Gideon Auxiliary with a passion for passing out Bibles to children and youth. In lieu of flowers and other donations, the family would like for any donations in her honor to be made to: the Gideons, P.O. Box 1584, Baton Rouge, LA 70895 to purchase more Bibles to distribute.

After retiring from EBR School System, Amy and Betty embarked on a 12 year “Educational Consulting” career. Amy also assisted her husband’s writing career during those years as an Associate Editor of the “Backroads Observer” and “Inspire Louisiana.”

A Memorial Celebration Service was held in Baton Rouge on Jan. 9, at Lanier Baptist Church. The Winnfield Memorial Celebration is scheduled, Lord willing, for 12 Noon on Friday, Jan. 22 at the Presbyterian Church followed by a reception and later a short graveside service in the Garden of Memories where her ashes will be “in-terned” next to the graves of Amy’s loving Mom and Dad.

A special thanks goes to her wonderful doctors in BR; Doctor’s Amanda Lea, Kimberly Mieners, Dustin Logue, and Oschner’s Chief Oncologist, Dr. J. Brooks. Also we pray for special blessings for her outstanding care givers at the Carpenter Hospice House, nurses Tracy, Natilie, Chad and others as well as Dr. Guillory.

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