Patricia Gentry "Tricia" Allen
1981 - 2021
December 29, 1981
January 11, 2021
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 ( or the American Cancer Society,120 Executive Park Building 1, Asheville, NC 28801 (

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Published by The McDowell News on Jan. 15, 2021.
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I will miss Tricia walking her dog out the street. She always had a sweet smile and I was glad I got to know her better this past year. Please accept my condolences and know that we will be praying for all of the family. Reba Lingafeldt
Reba and John Lingafeldt
January 17, 2021
Such a kind soul. She believed in me when others didn´t and made sure to stay in touch when I left WOA. I know little Bernie is going to miss her mama.
Taylor Ivosic
January 16, 2021
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I didn´t know Tricia but had spoken to her on occasion as she walked her dog up our street. We are just so sorry for your loss. Robin and Bill Taylor.
Robin Taylor
January 15, 2021
Although we hadn't known each other very long, your beauty inside and out, will be greatly missed. Ty for dropping what you were doing to take me to CMH to see Mikeal, (my precious husband) when no one else cared to take me when he woke up after 18 days on respirator. Also for your kind words and prayers upon his passing Dec 3rd 2020. Also helping me to understand "necrotizing fasciitis", the rare illness that claimed his life at 55. Now you can make him exercise, lol and he'll like it because everything in Heaven is enjoyable, thank you Jesus, they'll be no more pain for either of you, until we're all together again my darlin. I'm so glad to have had you for a friend, even though it was a short time here on earth, I can't wait for eternity praising God with my family and friends that have gone on before, I love ya girl. My heart and prayers go out to all of your family....May God bless and comfort you all.
Andrea W. Steele
January 15, 2021
We will miss you, Tricia. Thank you for the light you brought to those who were blessed enough to know you.
Sarah Troutman
January 15, 2021
Prayers to the family.
Jon D, Salo
January 15, 2021