Dorothy Allis

February 21, 1921July 20, 2012


Dorothy Allis died peacefully on July 20th. She was born February 21, 1921 in Montgomery, NY to John and Estelle Ahearn, who died when she was five and six, respectively. She was raised in Middletown, NY by her maternal grandmother, Margaret (“Goggie”) Merryweather. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in 1942 and a degree in physical therapy in 1945. She practiced in NY,NJ, PA and finally at Yale-New Haven. While in New Haven, Dorothy met her husband, Andrew Allis. They settled in Madison where they raised three sons: David, Andrew, and Stephen. Her husband owned the Allis Company realtors where Dorothy worked as a broker for some years. A spirit of unconquerable optimism and warm humor shone in Dorothy throughout her life. She cherished the simple joy of human interaction; she made friends readily, many of them, and kept them for life. She was a loving wife, a marvelous mother, and a true friend. Dorothy’s Christian faith was central to her life, guiding her through both happiness and adversity and providing her comfort in her final days. Every Thursday for 30 years she hosted a ladies’ Bible study at her home, known as the Thursday Group. She is survived by her sons Andrew and Stephen and grandsons Andrew and Patrick. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Swann funeral home in Madison. Services will be held on Saturday, July 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Branford, followed by lunch and fellowship at the church. Please visit for condolences and tributes.


  • Visitation Friday, July 27, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dorothy Allis

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Lynn Pionke

July 26, 2012

When my mom died many years ago Dottie filled the void in my heart. She was always there for me with a listening ear, a laugh, and a prayer. We talked on the phone just about every night. She was so proud of her sons. I miss her very much but I feel so blessed to have had her in my life.

Linda Mesite

July 26, 2012

Your mom was a great lady,I loved to talk with her about so many things!She loved her boys so much and was very proud of you all.

July 25, 2012

My love, prayers, and sympathies to your family. Your mom was always sweet and pleasant and her love for Christ always shined through her. Kathy MacGregor

Cathy LaPointe

July 25, 2012

I called her 'my Dorothy' and knew her for a short time, but her spirit will remain in my heart for a long time.

July 23, 2012

A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart ... that is what Dottie was for me for 32 years. We shared our lives through thick & thin; I still laugh out loud, remembering the time she picked me up at the Hartford Airport and because of our chatter & laughter, she took a wrong turn & we ended up 45 minutes into Rhode Island!
On one of our many treks to Stop 'n Shop, it was cold & snowy; as we exited with Salad Bar makings in our bags, she tripped & fell.I immediately tried to help her up, but her Irish temper & "vocab" flared as she admonished me to forget about her; rather, "Get those olives & tomatoes from rolling all over the parking lot!"
Although I shared her heartaches when her beloved son, David, & husband, Andy, died, it was she & she alone who sustained me during my times of despair.
Someone once said, "A true friend is one who raises you to your highest in Christ." That she did ... & so much more.
Marilee Crippen

Eric Federing

July 23, 2012

Our deepest condolences to the Allis family. - The Federings

July 22, 2012

Dottie was my favorite beach buddy. She enjoyed the water and enjoyed watching the people and gulls. She was fun to be with even when her health was failing. I will miss her very much. She loved the Lord and knew him personally as do I.
Marie Babinski