2010-05-20 / Obituaries

Elisabeth Crowley Allen, 92


Crowley Allen,

92, died peacefully on May 4, 2010, at Miriam Hospital, following a brief illness. Betty, or “Betts” to many, was a longtime resident of Jamestown. She was the wife of the late Max Greathouse Allen.

Born in Brockton, Mass., the daughter of Elisabeth Leahy Crowley and William Crowley, and raised in Pawtucket, Betty was a graduate of Brown University, as were her parents.

She served as a Lt. J.G. in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and it was there that she met her husband, Mickey. After the war, she was a social worker, and later, for many years, an officer of M.G. Allen and Associates.

Betty was a communicant of St. Mark Church, a member of the Conanicut Yacht Club, the Dunes Club, the Dumplings Association and the Jamestown Garden Club. Her small frame and silver hair were a familiar sight in Jamestown, where she was a supporter of many community services, and assisted Meals-on- Wheels and the annual Shoreby Hill Christmas Pageant.

A spirited and energetic woman, she played tennis and bridge well into her eighties. She hosted generations on her broad porch overlooking the Dumplings. She loved the ocean, steamers, snow and a good thunderstorm. She was a champion of education, a fan of baseball and political debate, and got equal enjoyment from an evening scotch with friends or an ice cream cone at East Ferry. Her dignity and faith provided her the positive outlook on life that never failed her.

She leaves her daughters, Deborah Allen of Newton, Mass., Jane Barrett of Rehoboth, Mass. and Lisa LeFort of Stuart, Fla.; a son, Michael Allen of Bethesda, Md.; and 12 grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Mark Allen, and grandson, Matthew Allen, both of Jamestown.

Funeral and burial were private; a memorial is being planned for later in the summer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Conanicut Island Land Trust or to St. Elizabeth Home, One St. Elizabeth Way, E. Greenwich RI 02818.

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