Blanche Allen

April 21, 1921March 22, 2019

Blanche Mae Allen, age 97, passed away peacefully at home on March 22, 2019, just one month shy of her 98th birthday. A resident of Greenwich for 70 years, she was born in Greensboro, Alabama on April 21, 1921 to James Edward and Cecial (Franklin) Avery. She married James Arthur Allen in January of 1943 and they soon started their family. Following James’ discharge from the Army after WWII, she and James and two sons moved to Connecticut, eventually settling in Greenwich in 1949. The family soon grew by another 4 sons and 1 daughter.

Blanche was a nurturing mother dedicating herself to raising her children, and serving the community through her decades of support and leadership at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Greenwich which she joined 1951. As an active member of Bethel, she served on the Stewardess Board, the Missionary Society, the Women’s Choir and Senior Choir, and the Parsonage Aid. Additionally, she had many other responsibilities including being the church Treasurer and a Class Leader. She was a long-time member of The Masqueraders, a social community organization in Greenwich committed to raising funds for the needs of both Bethel A.M.E. Greenwich and the First Baptist Church of Greenwich. Blanche also served as a Den Mother of Cub Scout Troop #6 when her sons were younger. In addition, she worked as a Home Child Day Care Provider caring for many children in her home for over 20 years until she retired in 1994. She had a very full life at home and in her community, but always found time for her gardening, and making sure her bird feeders were full.

Blanche is survived by her daughter Peggy Campbell of Greenwich, Connecticut; sons, James (Maureen) Allen of West Nyack, New York; Robert (Nancy) Allen of Ft. Myers, Florida; Garland (Judy) Allen of New Canaan, Connecticut; Daniel Allen of Fairfield, Connecticut; Donald (Maria) Allen of Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Clinton Allen of Santa Monica, California. Blanche also leaves behind her brother, James Avery of West Haven, Connecticut, and sister, Berta Wallace of Birmingham, Alabama, six grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. As the oldest of her siblings, she also served as family matriarch to her many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased in death by her parents, James Edward and Cecial Avery; her husband, James; her brothers, Richard Avery, and Leonard Avery; and her sisters, Alice Caddell, Ella Coleman and Alberta Hearns.

Loved by many for her kindness, grace, love of life and willingness to help whenever or wherever, she will be missed. In her honor, the family will be holding Celebration of Life Services in Greenwich, Connecticut on May 18, 2019, and at a later date in Greensboro, Alabama. (More details will be forthcoming).

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich in her memory. Donations may be sent to BGCG, 4 Horseneck Lane, Greenwich, CT 06830, Attn: Cristina Vittoria.


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Geraldine Caddell Jenkins

April 1, 2019

Thelma (Twine) Mack

April 1, 2019

We all have fond memories of Mrs. Allen. She was always kind and had such a loving and welcoming spirit. Our prayers go out to the family. God rest her soul.
Prayers and love,
Joe and Thelma Mack

Do rothy ThomasCurry

March 28, 2019

May the Spirit of th Lord lift and sustain you as you lay cousin Blanche to rest, I am an early 70 something cousin who was born in the Bayspring community.

I am from the Franklin Burroughs lineage, her grandfather Uncle Bob Franklin and my Aunt Matilda Burroughs Franklin we’re brother and sister to my grandparents Rev Robert Burroughs & Lela Franklin Burroughs. God bless.

Harry Van Dyke

March 27, 2019

When i was in elementary school my favorite stop on my way home was to see Mrs. Allen. She was such loving and warm person to talk with. She made life feel wonderful. We miss her so... May she look down on us and smile. RIP

April Caddell

March 27, 2019

Dearest Aunt Blanche,

My maternal grandmother's sister, may she rest in peace. I wish a gentle transition for the family in Connecticut. You're all in my prayers.

April Caddell
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Kenneth Avery

March 27, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Love,
Kenneth Avery, Nephew (son of Richard Avery)

Caneron Caddell

March 27, 2019

My condolences to the family. I’ve always enjoyed the times spent with Aunt Blanche. I loved the way she spoke so highly of her children and grandchildren. As a child she reminded me of Queen Elizabeth with her style and commanding presence. I Loved the stories she shared and will forever cherish the memories I have of her.

Love Always,