Partner Florence Ellinwood Allen

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Moraine Park, Estes Park, CO 80517
Waite Hill Village Cemetery Waite Hill, Lake County, Ohio, USA

Mary E. Pierce (1891-1978) was the longtime partner of Florence Ellinwood Allen. They lived together in Cleveland with Susan Rebhan and an assortment of cocker spaniels. Allen owned a sixteen-acre retreat in Lake County with a shack, which in the early 1940s, she and Mary—having lost Susan to influenza in 1935—eventually refurbished into a year-round home.

Florence Allen and her friends entertaining themselves in front of Allen's cottage in Moraine Park. Susan Rebhan is standing with her arm around Florence Allen who is helping to support Mary E. Pierce. Bertha "Bert" Miller is below Mary's foot.

1948, Florence Allen and Mary Pierce Holiday Greetings Card

In declining health after falling and breaking her hip, Allen died on September 12, 1966 in Waite Hill, Ohio, where she had been living with Mary Pierce since her retirement. Mary E. Pierce, nicknamed "her cousin" by Allen, lived and worked with Allen from the 1930s till Allen's death in 1966. In Tuve’s biography of Allen, First Lady of the Law, Mary Pierce is described as an “expert fisherman, hauling in trout by the sixes and eights.” Typically the trout would be cooked and prepared with pancakes, a specialty of the house, and served to cottage guests.

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