First Baptist Church, Kelly Auditorium, prior to the service
501 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015
- 1:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
501 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Wednesday, Jan 28, 2015
Jan 22, 1926 - Jan 21, 2015
Emily Hine Allen passed away January 21 at Arbor Acres at the end of her multi-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Born to Ira and Gladys Hine on January 22, 1926, Emily grew up in Winston-Salem and graduated from R.J. Reynolds High School. She received a degree in music at Meredith College and used her gift and love of music by teaching piano, playing faithfully for her Sunday School class at First Baptist Church for decades, and her favorite – hosting Christmas carol sing-a-longs/rhythm instrument play-a-longs with her family, friends, and neighbors. Her 58-year marriage to O.G. Allen was one filled with a shared love of music, gardening, and an enthusiasm for travel. She never saw a field trip or hike she didn’t like, no matter the conditions or how primitive the accommodations! She was all about adventure and discovery and was willing, quite literally, to drop everything and go.
However, in 1961, it was a chance discovery of a rare native orchid, growing among the tangle of vines and weeds on her property, that captivated her interest and initiated her crusade to transform her fifth-generation land into a 5-acre showplace of the Southeast’s native flora, now known as the Emily H. Allen Wildflower Preserve “Friendship Garden.” She wholeheartedly entered the world of native plant enthusiasts by seeking knowledge from the best brains in North Carolina and beyond, attending myriad wild plant seminars and conferences, and even enrolling in courses at Wake Forest University to learn about taxonomy, botany, and ecology. Despite her lack of formal training, Emily became one of the most respected native plant authorities, conservationists, and teaching advocates in the area.
To promote appreciation of native plants, she made good use of her garden to educate visitors. Her emphasis on educating minds, young and old, was as acute as her love of native plants was contagious. She reveled in introducing young minds to the natural world. Her storytelling ability, with its laid-back charm and engaging wit, made her a natural educator. Always wearing an infectious smile, she could speak the scientific language of scholars or easily transition to an entertaining tale of jack-in-the-pulpit reproductive behavior that would leave the more novice audience captivated and blushing. She enthusiastically shared her knowledge and wisdom with visitors from all over - hosting garden clubs, taxonomy classes, botanists, horticulturalists, plant conservationists, photographers, artists, and native plant and horticulture societies. She shared her plants with volunteers, friends, fellow enthusiasts, and the botanical gardens at Duke and Chapel Hill. Her “babies” now grow in gardens far and wide. Her “Friendship Garden” has been featured in numerous publications both locally and nationally.
Those who knew her will remember her for her love of her family, her creative and energetic nature, her kind and loving heart, willing mind, and generous spirit. With a perpetual smile and grin, she had open arms for all.
On any given day, anyone visiting would likely find her on her hands and knees in the garden she created, pulling out the weeds, transplanting strays, and simply loving to be outside among friends, both plant and human. Her garden was just as much a part of her as her arms, her legs, and her heart. It gave her life, a mission, and much joy. In her words, “I have been given so much, and now I’m in a position to give back.”
She is survived by two daughters, Betsy Hood and her husband, William, of Raleigh and Marty Cook of Winston-Salem; grandsons David Hood and wife, Lauren, Ben Hood and Preston Cook; granddaughter Lesley Cook; great granddaughter Lila Hood
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 28 at First Baptist Church with Dr. David Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at God’s Acre in Bethabara. Visitation with the family will be from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. prior to the service in Kelly Auditorium at First Baptist Church. The family suggests that memorials be made to Piedmont Land Conservancy, noting Emily Allen Friendship Garden, P.O. Box 4025, Greensboro, NC 27404 or to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff at Arbor Acres for their skillful and compassionate care.
I meet Emily when I volunteered at Arbor Acres in Arbor View. She was such a delight and could always light up a room with her smile. She loved talking about her gardens and took great delight in showing off her awards and articles about herself. I know that God now has a special person to take care of all his flowers. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.
Robert and I attended Emily's service yesterday. It was a beautiful service. I could hardly keep my eyes off the flowers. A perfect tribute to Emily.
The Arbor Acres bus didn't get there in time for us to speak to you so I am sending this message to express our sympathy. One consolation is that we had already said goodbye to Emily in a way when she lost her memory. Life was not the life she had enjoyed for the last years. Also, the garden is such a sweet memorial to her devotion to the wild flowers.
However, with all the consolation, there is still a loss. Robert joins me in sending you our sympathy.
Lea and Steve Kirkland
Steve and I are so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
When I think of Emily I see a big smile, because she always had one.
Whether she was at the family clothing business, First Baptist Church, bridge club, or especially in her natural flora area behind her house, she always was the most cheerful person around.
She was one of my mom's closest friends and when we laid her to rest, Emily and the Sunday School class were there for our family preparing a wonderful post service meal. When her husband OG had health issues she was by his side providing all of the comfort and support even though it was very taxing on her.
She introduced me and my mom to the love of wildflowers and was excited to find rare ones like pink lady slippers in the woods behind our house.
Our condolences to her family, I know you will miss her but you are comforted by knowing that she is in a better place. Thank you for sharing Emily with the Haymes family.
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. One of a kind and so special in many ways! She leaves your family and everyone who met her with many fond memories. May God bless and keep you in the days ahead.
Emily will be missed dearly! I had the pleasure of caring for her and she will always hold a special place in my heart. Many blessings and prayers to you all during this difficult time.