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Allene Burton Winters Astle Heiner Robinson
Allene was born August 17,1934 to Margaret Burton and Erastus Francis Winters in Afton, Wyoming. She was the second child to be born into a wonderful family of ten children. Her siblings are Francis Burton, Kathleen (Call), Evan Burton, John Burton, Bruce Burton, Mary Esther (Cluff), Margaret Ann (Moulton), Wayne Burton, and Joan who died at birth.
Allene had a wonderful childhood growing up in Afton. Her Mother and Father were such kind wonderful parents. They didn’t always have a lot of money but they had a lot of love in their home. The family loved music and singing together. It was a big part of their lives, especially Allene’s.
She was set up on a date by one of her friends with Elmo Astle. They fell in love and were married June 19, 1952 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They started their family right away having five children Michael Francis, Gary Winters, Ronald Winters, Deborah, and Susan. They lived in Provo, Utah for twelve years and enjoyed it but wanted to move back to Star Valley. They purchased the old Astle house in Grover and remodeled it. They finished raising their children there.
Elmo’s sister Francis Moser died and so Allene and Elmo brought her two children Brad and Leslie home to live with them. Leslie later moved in with Elmo’s sister Thelma Beyler.
Elmo and Allene also opened their home to many others that needed a place to stay, always making them feel welcome and at home. They also became foster parents for the state and gave several children a safe and loving home. Allene touched many young lives.
In April of 1980, Elmo died unexpectedly leaving Allene a young widow. Allene decided to fulfill one of her dreams and go to school at Ricks College. She went for two years then met Lloyd Heiner a widower from Bedford. They were married in 1982 and moved to Lloyd’s house in Bedford. Allene made many friends in Bedford and enjoyed living there. Her and Lloyd served a mission in Albuquerque New Mexico. Allene loved serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and held many callings.
Lloyd had four sons David (Charlotte), Mark (Marilyn), Gaylon (Kristie), and Verdean (Helen). Allene became grandma to their children and Lloyd became grandpa to Allene’s. Most of the grandchildren on both sides did not know any other grandparent.
In 1993 Allene started writing musicals and comedies which were presented to the Star Valley Historical Society and used in the Old Rock Church plays for many years. This became her passion.
Lloyd and Allene were married a little over twenty-six years when Lloyd passed away from cancer in 2009. After Lloyd died Allene had an apartment built onto her daughter Susan’s house in Grover. She loved having her own place to call home.
In May of 2013, Allene renewed an old high school friendship with John Robinson. John’s wife had passed away the year before. They were married later that same year in the Grover Church. They lived in Soda Springs, Idaho where Allene made new friends and enjoyed living there. She also loved John’s family which included two sons David (Lanae), Scott (Shirley), and a daughter Janet. John was very kind to her and took really good care of her. John passed away in 2015 from a massive heart attack.
Allene had back issues and nerve damage for many years and it continued to get worse. It wasn’t long until she was bound to a wheelchair and couldn’t walk. Her children took care of her the best they could but soon it became too much and they had to put her in a care facility in Idaho Falls. She made many new friends but always asked if she could go back home to Grover. She passed away in Idaho Falls on September 18, 2023 surrounded by loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Erastus Francis Winters, brothers Francis Burton and Evan Burton, sister Joan, husbands Elmo Carling Astle, Lloyd Heiner, and John Robinson, daughter Deborah Astle Schwab, daughter-in-law Peggy Dawn Astle, and niece Leslie Moser Dahle.
Allene was survived by her children Michael Francis (Robyn) of Smoot, Wyoming, Gary Winters of Grover Wyoming, Ronald Winters (Kristin) of Vincennes, Indiana, and Susan Loveland of Grover, Wyoming, son-in-law Byron Schwab of Grover, Wyoming and nephew Brad Moser (Sherry) of Logan, Utah.
She had 19 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.