Joanne Allen is a sweet lady whose innocent charm is the
perfect compliment to Jack’s gentle nature. A member of the Board of the
Universal Press Foundation, Joanne is involved with missions work. Her
vibrant, active lifestyle belies her years.
Joanne Allen (née Woodston) first came to Odyssey just
after Whit returned from the Middle East. She wanted Whit to take a
position with the Missions Board that would require him to go around and
check up on projects the Missions Board was working on. While she was in
Odyssey, she fell in love with Jack Allen.
They got married and owned J & J Antiques, an antique shop in Odyssey.
She later showed up in
Great Expectations and then again in
Home Again, to
announce that she was selling the antique shop and retiring to Scotland
with Jack. She finally sold it to Jason.
She was best friends with Agnes Riley when
they were kids.
Joanne was a missionary in many places (and was a trained
nurse), she has also served on the Missions Board. When Joanne was a
kid, she was nicknamed Jo and went to camp with
Agnes Riley, Tom Riley's wife. Joanne is
a sweet little lady whose innocent charm is the perfect complement to
Jack's gentle nature. Joanne also knew Thelma Meltsner because she
worked at the pregnancy center in Chicago when Thelma was pregnant with
Eugene, and had gone there because Leonard was unhappy about Thelma
being pregnant, and had even discreetly suggested abortion.
After Jack proposed to her, Joanne joked that she would
have to ask her parents before she married him. (For
Whom the Wedding Bells Toll II)