Nancy Fowlkes Allen died peacefully on April 10, 2018. The daughter of the late Colonel and Mrs. Benjamin Cobb Fowlkes, she had the opportunity to live in many different places during her childhood as her Father was a West Point career military officer. During World War II she lived in Santa Barbara, California, and loved riding her pony on the cliffs and Pacific beaches. Mrs. Allen was educated at Duke University and during her college years was invited to live in Florence, Italy with the family of a dear friend whose Father was the NATO Commander of Allied Air Forces, Southern Europe. Mrs. Allen often thought and spoke of that unique experience.
On October 13, 1956 Mrs. Allen married Richard M. Allen of Salisbury at Christ Church, Georgetown. Mr. and Mrs. Allen were married for 52 years until Mr. Allen’s death in 2008. Mrs. Allen was active in many ways for many years both locally and beyond, serving on the Board of Trustees of The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She and Mr. Allen, together with many others, were instrumental in the founding of The Salisbury School, with Mr. Allen serving as the first Chairman of the School’s Board of Trustees. It was very meaningful to her to be present when Gil and Kate Allen, two of her grandchildren, graduated from The Salisbury School.
Mrs. Allen was a beautiful, gracious, vivacious and giving southern lady who was full of life and fun and utterly devoted to her husband and family. She loved the outdoors, and was an avid skier and equestrienne. Many of her happiest moments were spent skiing with her family in the Colorado mountains, fox-hunting, and riding the Assateague beaches. She particularly loved sharing and passing on her love of horses first to her sister, Foncie, and then to her daughter, Jenny, and granddaughter, Allie Dietz. Mrs. Allen added so much for so long to the quality, grace, and beauty of the lives of her family. She was a true presence, and leaves a void that cannot be filled. By far the greatest gift she gave her family, though, was her constant example of grace, fortitude, humor and character at all times and under all circumstances.
Mrs. Allen is survived by three children: A. Gillis Allen, II and his wife, Ann; Nancy A. Allen; and Jennifer L. Allen. Mr. and Mrs. Allen lost their oldest son, Richard M. Allen, Jr., in 1964. Mrs. Allen is also survived by seven grandchildren: Albert G. Allen, III, and his wife Kathryn; Ann Katherine Allen Dyer and her husband Nelson; Jennifer A. Dietz; Meredith M. Dietz; Emily L. Dietz; Shannon R. Maroney; and Erin M. Maroney; by one great grandson, Nelson Whittington Dyer, Jr., and a great granddaughter on the way; and by her sister Foncie Bullard and her husband Joel B. Bullard, Jr.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury. The Rev. David Michaud will officiate. Friends may call on the family one hour before the service in the Harrington Room at St. Peter’s. A private interment will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Allen to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Delaware Chapter, 100 W. 10th Street, Ste. 1103, Wilmington, DE 19801, the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 St. Peters Street, Salisbury, MD 21801.
The Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.