She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Dr. Aris Taylor Allen, Sr. The eldest of five children, she attended Ohio State University where she earned a nursing degree, and then Howard University, where she received her medical degree. She practiced with her husband in Annapolis, MD, for more than 34 years. While raising her family, she worked part-time with the Anne Arundel County Health Department. She was also a member of the staff at Anne Arundel General Hospital. In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a son, Lonnie Watson Allen; her parents, James & Nora Watson; niece, Marcia Stallings, and four siblings, James, Maxine, Marcia, & Jack. Survivors include her eldest son, Aris T. Allen, Jr.; grandchildren, India Allen, Lonnie Allen, Jr., Aris T. Allen III, & Stewart S. Harmon; great-granddaughter, Nadia Allen; daughters-in-law, Anna & Valerie Allen; nephew, Ronald Hairston and his wife, Carolyn; nieces, Nikkie Franklin Gigi James; great-niece, Sonya Stallings; other relatives.
Interment followed funeral services conducted at the Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church, Annapolis, MD, Friday, January 10, 2008.