|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1917|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 2008|
Dorothy Elizabeth Smith Allen of McDonough went to be with her Lord, June 26, 2008. Dot was born April 17, 1917 in Atlanta, GA on Highland Avenue. She was the older daughter of the late James Clifford Smith and Annie Mae Wingate Smith and the step-daughter of the late Minnie Tinsley Smith.
Dot graduated from Commercial High School. At the age of 16, she started the Zoraka Club. The group of 12 girlfriends met monthly for over 60 years. After graduation, Dot worked for Southern Railway until her marriage to Robert Stuart Allen on September 22, 1940 at Epworth Methodist Church. They began their married life in Tampa, FL, later transferring to Charleston, SC and eventually back to the Atlanta area.
For over 50 years, Dot was very active in the Hapeville United Methodist Church, especially WSCS, now United Methodist Women, HUMS singing group, and the Jere Wells Class. She was a member of the Hapeville Book Club, Atlanta History Center, Hapeville Service Leagues, Hapeville Historical Society, the Alfred Holt Colquitt Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, later transferring to the McDonough UDC #2411, a volunteer at the voting polls in Hapeville, active PTA member for 25 years, and numerous bridge clubs. After moving to McDonough in 1996, she became a member of McDonough First United Methodist Church and the Ada Bertha Bunn Circle.
Dot was a true southern lady who loved life, friends, and family. She was a devoted, loving, and fun wife, mother, and grandmother. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her much joy. She was always ready for a card game, an outing, or a musical show. Dot made every holiday a special occasion with her flair for decorating and entertaining. Being a native of Atlanta, Dot had great memories and stories of the old Atlanta train terminal where her father worked, climbing Stone Mountain, graduating from high school in the Fox Theater, trips to the Varsity, and growing up in Little Five Points. She had a love of music and always a song in her heart.
She is survived by her husband, Robert, and three daughters, Priscilla Smith (Bill), Phyllis Taylor (the late Dan Taylor), Dottie Green (Michael); six grandchildren, Dan Taylor, Michael Taylor (Silvia), Stephanie Gauthier (Bobby), Abigail Smith, Sarah Russell (Billy), and Emily Green; five great-grandchildren, Madison and Matthew Taylor, Hannah Russell, Robert and Millie Gauthier; sisters, Julia Morris and Betty Spencer; niece, Julie Boone; and life-long Zoraka friends, Ray Barfield, Louise Mitchell, Doris Tatum, Muriel King, and Jean Jones.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 30, at McDonough First United Methodist Church, 151 Macon Street with Rev. Mack Riley and Mike Broome officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Cemetery.
Created by: Jack Johnson
Record added: Nov 15, 2012
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