She was born Dolores Adeline Attanasi on Nov. 29, 1924, in Newark, New Jersey. She grew up with her two brothers in Union, New Jersey, and then attended college in Minnesota. Later she married Bernard Allen, with whom she had four children.
In the early 1980s, she moved from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Palo Alto and became an executive assistant to the dean of the Stanford Medical School. Even after she retired around 2000, she helped out part-time in various roles at Stanford University and the Medical Center. She lived in Palo Alto for more than 30 years.
In her free time, she loved entertaining her grandchildren and following sports — especially tennis and football.
She is survived by two brothers, Dominic Attanasi of Florida and Joseph Attanasi (Sandra) of New Jersey; her children, Mary Lou Allen of Berkeley, Joy Allen of Switzerland, Bernie Allen of Walnut Creek and Robin Allen (Bradley) of San Francisco; her grandchildren, Sean Allen of Walnut Creek, Nicole Borders of San Francisco and Jordan Allen-Dutton (Mesha) of Los Angeles; and her great-granddaughter Lavinia. She is also survived by an aunt and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at Stevenson House on May 31, and a funeral will be held in Kenilworth, New Jersey, on June 14. Memorial donations may be made to Stevenson House, 455 E. Charleston Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301.