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Rachel Otelia Allen

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ALLEN, Rachel Otelia Rachel Otelia Allen, age 97, of Old Saybrook passed away Friday (February 8, 2008) at her home. The beloved wife of the late Fulton Allen. She was born in Corapeake, NC on August 8, 1910, daughter of the late John Zebedee and Emily P. (Benton) Booker. Mrs. Allen owned and operated a stationary store in White Plains N.Y. along with being a seamstress. Moving to CT, she worked for Verplex Inc. and Essex Engineering both in Essex. She retired from Old Saybrook Healthcare where she worked for many years as a kitchen-aid. Mrs. Allen's church affiliation was strong. She belonged to the Union Branch Baptist Church in N.C. and was a faithful member and Mother at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Old Saybrook. A member of the Old Saybrook Estuary Council (Sassy Seniors) and a longtime member of the NAACP. On April 28, 1952 she received the National Safety Council Award for saving a 10 year old child's life. On May 16, 1996, Mrs. Allen received the Volunteer Service Award from the Estuary Council for her work with the elderly. She leaves behind four cherished daughters. Daphne Hunter of Old Saybrook; Josephine Teart of Middletown; Pat Manning and her husband Louroy of Old Saybrook and Jennifer Brown and her husband James of Branford; one sister Hazel Lias of FL and a daughter-in-law Gladys Johnson of Middletown. She is also survived by 18 blessed grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and special friends. She is predeceased by a son Oliver R. Brown, 3 sisters and 6 brothers. Family and friends may visit the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook; Monday evening February 11th from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11a.m. at the Funeral Home officiated by Rev. James Baker. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may made in lieu of flowers to a donors choice.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 10, 2008
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