Dorothy H. Allen, known as Dot, was a Sag Harbor resident for over 60 years. She raised a large family, but also had more than a touch of wanderlust and traveled extensively later in life.
She died at home in Islip on Saturday with two of her daughters at her side after a short illness with cancer. She was 84.
She was born Dorothy Helene Craddock in Brooklyn on April 21, 1927, a daughter of Charles and Marion Craddock. She grew up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The family moved for a short time to Bridgeport, Conn., but moved back to Brooklyn, this time to the Bedford Stuyvesant section where she met and, in 1949, married James T. Allen.
The Allens moved to Sag Harbor in the mid-1950s to raise their family.
Mrs. Allen was a devout Catholic. Her religion played an important part in her life. She also loved music and had wide-ranging tastes from the swing bands of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey to Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and even Metallica.
Her husband died before her. She is survived by six of her eight children, Chickie Montaldo of Wilmington, N.C., Kathleen Allen of Bozeman, Mont., Marion Allen of Forestville, Calif., James Allen of Portland, Oreg., Timothy Allen of Leland, N.C., and Thomas Allen of Potsdam, N.Y. She leaves 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Two children, Barbara Keiser and Monica Allen, a sister, Marion Keene, and a granddaughter died before her.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Sag Harbor, the Rev. Peter Devaraj officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.