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24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
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Dorothy Allen

Dorothy Mae Allen

Sunday, July 29th, 1923 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
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Dorothy Mae Pettyjohn Allen was born on July 29, 1923 to the late Burl Pettyjohn and Mary Elizabeth Shockley Pettyjohn in Ellendale, Delaware. She departed this life on May 2, 2020 at Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Delaware, with her son by her side.

Dorothy was educated in the public school system in Sussex County, under the direction of Nannie C. Good. She confessed her belief in Christ at an early age and attended Mount Zion Church in Ellendale, Delaware with her family.

In her early years she spent time in Parksley, Virginia. Upon returning to Delaware, she worked in the sewing factory, poultry industry, as well as in domestic work. Dorothy enjoyed baking and cooking and was famously known for her pound cake and fried chicken. She even cooked fried chicken once for the Washington Redskins.

One of her favorite pastimes was reading the Delaware State News, keeping everyone informed about the “going ons.” She also enjoyed completing crossword puzzles, spending time with her family, attending family reunions, as well as going to the beach, but her favorite pastime was looking out of the kitchen window or sitting in the den watching TV.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of fifty-two years, Willard B. Allen, Sr. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her two daughters, Lela Marie Pettyjohn and Darlene Allen; four sisters, Myrtle Jones, Emily Dredden, Alice Syces, and Neocia Macklin; five brothers, Ernest Pettyjohn, George Pettyjohn, Charlie Pettyjohn, Burl Pettyjohn, Jr., and John Pettyjohn; one granddaughter, Cassandra White; and two grandsons, Desi Pettyjohn and Carey Kellam.

She leaves to cherish her memory: seven loving children, Patsy Kellam, John (Janice) Pettyjohn, Sr., Triesta (James) Pompey, Curtis (Joyce) Dix, Sr., Sandra Dix, Willard B. (Geraldine) Allen, Jr., and Estheleta (Aron) Price, who was a devoted son-in-law, who took great care of her, as well as her grandson, Andre Beckett, Veronica Pettyjohn, and Vanessa Pettyjohn, who was like a daughter, twenty-four grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; seven great, great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Margaret Dix; her only surviving sibling who was devoted to her until the end, Florence Bailey; sister-in-law, Betty Washington; two brothers-in-law, Robert Allen, Sr. and Roger Wilson; and a host of other relatives and friends.
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    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Henlopen Memorial Park
    28787 Lockerman Rd.
    Milton, Delaware 19968
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    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 11:00am
    Henlopen Memorial Park
    28787 Lockerman Rd.
    MILTON, DE 19968
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Cherice Mincey

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Mom Mom,
I will truly miss you. Not only did we share a family bond but a birthday as well. Although I am sad to see you go, God had other plans for you and for that I find peace in knowing you are resting. Until we meet again....I love you! ❤️

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