Patricia "Tricia" Gentry Allen
December 29, 1981 - January 11, 2021
Patricia "Tricia" Gentry Allen, 39, of Marion, formerly of Lenoir, was taken much too soon Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
Patricia was born Dec. 29, 1981, in Morganton, to Mark D. Gentry and Vicki Clark Gentry of Lenoir. In addition to her parents, those left behind to cherish Patricia's memory are her husband, Bradley Young Allen of the home; one brother, Mark D. Gentry Jr., (Becky), and their children, Annabelle, Rose and Jack of Boomer.
Additional survivors are aunt and uncle, Alice and Jimmy Clark of Lenoir, and their daughters, Lynne Clark of Asheville and Jamie Stewart (Steven) of Lenoir; aunt, Mary Blake Bulla and her four children in Weston, Fla.; aunt, Carolyn Gentry and daughter, Kendra Gentry of Lenoir. She is also survived by her favorite best friend and fur baby, Bernie.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James and Ruth Clark, and Dean and Betty Gentry; and aunt, Patricia Bulla.
Patricia was a graduate of Hibriten High School in Lenoir where she was a member of the cheerleading squad and track team and was homecoming queen in 1999. Her first love was dancing, and she was a great performer for many years at Starsteps Academy in Lenoir.
She was a graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business management.
Patricia was employed in the Marketing Department of Workout Anytime Marion as social media manager of three distinct media platforms for eight gym locations within the corporation. Prior to this employment, she was employed at Crestview Veterinary Hospital in Marion for three years as a veterinary nurse technician.
Patricia enjoyed physical fitness and weightlifting as well as outdoor activities with Brad, including mountain biking, rollerblading, snow skiing, waterfall hikes and frequent walks with him and Bernie. Tricia had a huge heart and love for animals, including dogs and cats and a variety of farm animals. In addition, Tricia and Brad enjoyed weekend getaways and vacations together, dining out, movie nights and frequent trips to Kilwin's for ice cream and other sweet treats. She was also a wonderful and loving aunt to her five nieces and nephews, never missing a birthday or Christmas gift.
She was a member of Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church where a graveside service will be held Sunday, Jan. 17, at 3 pm. Officiating the service will be the Rev. Ethan Hester, Pastor of Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church, and Dr. David Smith, retired Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lenoir.
Those wishing to make a donation in Tricia's memory are asked to consider Rusty's Legacy, 139 Lytle Mountain Rd., Marion, NC 28752 (www.rustyslegacy.org
) or the American Cancer Society
,120 Executive Park Building 1, Asheville, NC 28801 (www.cancer.org
Westmoreland Funeral Homewww.westmorelandfuneralhome.com
Published by The McDowell News on Jan. 15, 2021.