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Dodie Allman

Denver, CO - Dodie Allman, beloved wife, mother, aunt and friend-to-many died at the age of 90 from heart failure, three months short of her 91st birthday.

She was born in Hertfordshire, England, the daughter of Basil Fortescue and Mabel Peake Trask, and graduated from the Nightingale School of Nursing, St. Thomas' Hospital, London. She came to this country in 1947 for graduate study at St. Mary's Hospital and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and then moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where she met her husband, John Allman. They lived in Indiana, Texas, Michigan, Tennessee, and North Carolina. She became an American citizen in 1952. She served on the State Board of the in Tennessee and Indiana. In 1968, she founded a Reach to Recovery program in Nashville, Tennessee and courageously pioneered lay-person hospital access to help women adjust to life after breast cancer surgery and volunteered with Reach to Recovery for many years. She was a member of the St. James Episcopal Church, Pardee Hospital Auxiliary, Community Foundation, The Opportunity House and Hendersonville Country Club of Hendersonville, NC.

She and John became active residents of the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community and members of the St. Giles Chapel in Asheville, NC for many years. Dodie spent her last year and a half living happily near her oldest daughter and family in Parkplace in Denver, CO.

She was a spirited person who made friends easily and touched people in meaningful ways wherever she lived. When she was concerned about a civic issue, she would frequently "put pen to paper" and express her strong feelings to the local newspaper in a well-written, heart-felt letter. She remained optimistic, spunky, loving, and funny throughout her long life. Her passions included gardening, entertaining, volunteering, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Dodie was predeceased by her husband, John, her older brother, Geoffrey Trask and twin-brother, Barnard Trask. She is survived by her sister Ruth Shilling of Sierra Vista, Arizona; her two daughters, Janet Kritzer and her husband, Stuart of Denver, Colorado and Melanie Barton and her husband David of Arlington, Virginia; four grandchildren, Lindsay, Tony, and Philip Kritzer, Alex Eroe, two step-grandchildren, Maria and Nicholas Barton; and two nephews, Roger and James Trask (Jan) Trask of England.

A memorial service will be held in Denver, Colorado during June 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the , the , or a .

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Apr. 13, 2014
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