May 17, 1921 - March 25, 2013
Dorothy Allen of Vallejo, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend passed away on Monday, March 25 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law after a brief illness. She was 91 and is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Goetz; son-in-law, Rick; grandsons, Christopher and Brian Goetz; Christophers' wife, Sara Goetz; and great-grandchildren, Lucy and Luke Goetz. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Allen and her daughter, Diane Clark.
Dorothy Lucille (McWherter) Allen was born to Oscar and Katie, and brother Gene, on May 17, 1921 in Davis, CA. Dorothy attended Vallejo Jr. High and was a self-proclaimed tomboy athlete who loved to play sports with the boys and especially loved tennis. Dorothy graduated from Vallejo Sr. High in 1939 as a member of the honor society and Girls Athletic Association. She loved music and played the banjo mandolin and clarinet. Dorothy loved school so much that she never missed a day from 2nd-12th grade!
After graduating from Sacramento Jr. College in 1941, Dorothy attended UC Berkeley, where she obtained a degree in Physical Education in 1943 and then taught girls' P.E. at Vallejo Sr. High from 1943-1953. Dorothy met the love of her life, Charles "Chuck" Henry Allen, at the age of 17 and they married in 1947. Together, they built their own home on Washington St.
Dorothy was an active member of Camp Fire for over 40 years. She led Blue Birds, Camp Fire, Jr. High Camp Fire, advised at the Horizon Club, and was president and member on the Board of Directors of the Sem Yeta Council. Her love for the outdoors was strong; as a child she loved to camp, fish and hunt rabbits with her .22. She and Chuck built a home in Lake Tahoe and loved to retreat there with friends and family. Dorothy also loved to admire, capture and preserve butterfies.
In 2003, Dorothy became a member of the local chapter of the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) and was also baptized as a Christian and became a member and Deacon at Community Presbyterian Church of Vallejo. Known affectionately by many as "the card lady," Dorothy always remembered birthdays and life events by sending greeting cards to her loved ones and church family.
Dorothy was a poet and had several poems published over the years. She enjoyed living at Merrill Gardens, playing Bingo with friends, and always loved her scotch and water. Dorothy will be remembered most for her bright, warm smile, her loving and generous heart, and her love for her family. Her "hi, honey," and "hello, darlin'" greetings will be missed.
Services will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at Community Presbyterian Church in Vallejo at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to P.E.O. or Read4Em, a non-profit established in honor of Dorothy's daughter and Vallejo educator, Diane Clark.